Liberals know that the NY City cops are deplorable racists, so they thrilled to the recent tape recording played in court recently. However, neither ThinkProgress nor the NY Times editors took the trouble to review the context of those recordings as presented by the NY Times' own reporter:
Recording Points to Race Factor in Stops by New York Police
For years, the debate over the New York Police Department’s use of stop-and-frisk tactics has centered on whether officers engage in racial profiling. Now, a recording suggests that, in at least one precinct, a person’s skin color can be a deciding factor in who is stopped.
The recording, played on Thursday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, was of a conversation between a patrol officer and his commanding officer in the 40th Precinct in the South Bronx, a violent command that recorded the highest number of police stops in the Bronx in 2011.
Libs were so thrilled by this confirmation of what they already knew that they felt free to stop reading. Too bad. The Times presents the denoument early in the story:
The commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack, urged the officer to be more active, emphasizing the need to conduct more street stops. “We go out there and we summons people,” Inspector McCormack said. The way to suppress violent crime, he said, was for officers to stop, question and, if necessary, frisk “the right people at the right time, the right location.”
The officer who surreptitiously recorded the conversation last month, Pedro Serrano, began pressing Inspector McCormack about who he meant by the “right people.” The conversation grew heated.
After an exchange about Mott Haven, a particularly crime-prone neighborhood, the inspector suggested that the police needed to conduct street stops of the people creating “the most problems” there.
“The problem was, what, male blacks,” Inspector McCormack said. “And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem telling you this, male blacks 14 to 20, 21.”
Had eager libs pressed on, they would have found some interesting details buried at the end:
At first, Inspector McCormack can be heard lecturing Officer Serrano about how “99 percent of these people in this community are great, hardworking people” who deserve to go about their days in peace. But the citizens, he said, were troubled by crime, and he went on to describe how a woman in her 60s was shot coming out of an elevator at 10 a.m.
The ambiguity in how the phrase “stopping the right people” is used by police commanders, and how it may be interpreted by patrol officers, was evident in the recordings played in court.
Pressed by the officer on what he meant, Inspector McCormack offered examples of people who should not be stopped, like an elderly person violating a parks rule by playing chess. He also cited the stop of a 48-year-old woman who was intercepted on her way to work as she took a shortcut through a park that was closed for the night.
“You think that’s the right people?” Inspector McCormack asked the officer skeptically.
But with Officer Serrano challenging him, the inspector never offered a clear answer.
“So what am I supposed to do?” Officer Serrano asked, after Inspector McCormack used that expression again. “Is it stop every black and Hispanic?”
The exchange continues until the inspector brings the conversation to a close, telling the officer, “You’re very close to having a problem here.”
The inspector continued, “The problem is that you don’t know who to stop and how to stop.”
In a later passage of the recording, which was not played in court, Inspector McCormack seemed to suggest to others there that Officer Serrano was trying to put words in his mouth. “He’s adding on that I wanted him to stop every black and Hispanic.”
So Serrano, who knew he was secretly taping the conversation, tried to coax his supervisor into saying something memorably stupid, and sorta kind succeeded. Well, that's close enough for the Times and Think Progress.