Press TV
October 24, 2011

“We have the right to assemble. We have the right to language, but of course we also understand the police-state nature of this country,” Ms. Sweet told Press TV on Saturday.

Sweet and about 30 others were arrested by the New York Police Department on Friday after they launched a new campaign to bring an end to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.

The activists locked arms in front of the 28th Precinct in Harlem in order to voice their opposition to the “illegitimate, unjust, immoral, and unconstitutional” policy and then were arrested and held for nearly six hours.

Sweet noted that approximately 85 percent of the people stopped by the US police are usually young male African Americans or Latinos, while over 90 percent are not criminal and do not get arrested or receive a ticket.

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