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Updated: Dec 22, 2021

Life Under Suspicion: Youth Perspectives on the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk Policy

The NYPD stopped and frisked nearly 700,000 people in 2011 in an effort to remove guns from the street. Critics point to the policy’s fundamental failure since a gun was recovered in only less than 1 percent of the cases. But a generation of black and Hispanic males — who constitute 90 percent of those stopped — is being criminalized and dehumanized as a result. Through this documentary, EVC youth producers bear witness to this critical problem and make a strong call for action to change this policy.

Thanks for the support of the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, the NYCLU, Umoja Network for Young Men, NYC Council Members Peter Valloneand Melissa Mark-Viverito , and all the young men from schools and neighborhoods throughout New York who courageously spoke up and made their voices heard.


EVC’s Youth Documentary Workshops and school programs are generously supported by: the Bay and Paul Foundations, the Brenner Family Foundation, the Brightwater Fund, the Gerald & Janet Carrus Foundation, HBO, Hyde and Watson Foundation, Milton A. & Roslyn Z. Wolf Family Foundation Teacher of Conscience Fund, National Board of Review, the Robert Bowne Foundation, Time Warner, Inc, W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, and Wellspring Foundation; with public support from the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Education, New York State Council on the Arts – Arts Education General Program Support and Electronic Media and Film, and the NYC DYCD Summer Youth Employment Program; and individual donors; and with in-kind support from Benjamin Moore & Co, Claudia Giselle Design LLC, Gray Matters NYC, the Lawyers Alliance for New York, and Satellite Academy High School.


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