Princeton University Professor Cornel West has been arrested again. The outspoken scholar and activist found himself in police custody at a protest of the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy.
The issue is gaining momentum because New York’s police commissioner Ray Kelly has been accused of using the tactic as an excuse to harass innocent citizens. State Senator Eric Adams had a meeting with Kelly and said this:
There's one quote Commissioner Kelly told me that I'll never forget. He stated, the reason we use stop-and-frisk and target the group that we do is because we want all people who fit that group to feel that any time they leave their house they can be searched by the police. This will prevent them from carrying weapons.
Professor West says that the reason he got arrested was "to let our young people know we love them.” There is no report of whether or not Professor West spent time in jail. He and 30 others were arrested for not complying with orders to not block the entrance to the Harlem precinct.