NYC Radio Manager Speaks Out: The NYPD Racially Profiled and Illegally Searched Me

The NY Daily News reports

A manager at popular radio stations Hot 97 and Kiss FM says cops ordered him out of a cab and frisked him right in front of his Brooklyn home just because he’s black.

Terrence Battle, creative services manager at the stations, said the incident on Saturday left him feeling humiliated and furious.

“It was outrageous,” Battle said. “But the sad part about it is it’s an everyday occurrence. I can’t say this is true for all police officers, but dealing with these officers, I was obviously considered a suspect.”

His interview from the Gothamist

My name is Terrence Battle, a single father of two and broadcaster for Emmis Communications Corp living in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section in Brooklyn. On the early morning of October 30th, 2010 between 3:20 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. as a passenger in a cab, I was stopped, frisked and searched for no reason by Officer Facenda, Officer Reyes and Sergeant Miller of the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn. I had gotten into the cab after exiting the Broadway-Junction train station in Brooklyn. I gave the driver my address and we were on our way.

Once we pulled on the street where I live, I directed the driver to the left side of my block, (MacDougal Street) near the 3 family house where I live. As he pulled over and slowed down to stop, police lights suddenly flashed behind the car. I thought the driver may have done something, so I waited to see what was going on. Three plain clothed Officers approached the car, one walked to the driver side with flash light shinning into the front and back seat of the cab. He asked the driver was everything ok, he replied “yes” then the three officers flashed their flash light into the back seat where I was sitting and proceed to question me. I was asked to get out of the car. When I asked why, I was told that “this is just a routine check…nothing personal.” They said they needed to frisk me. Again I asked why when I was just a passenger in the cab and had not done any thing wrong. I added, “I live right here,” pointing to my house a few feet away.

The Officers said the cab had a police sticker on the window which gave them a right to stop and search anyone in the car and by riding in the cab I consented to such search. I was visibly upset but exercised restraint for fear of losing my life. The officers took my bag that I carry with me and began searching through it. I made protest but they continued the search citing the sticker on the window of the cab gave them the right to violate my rights and search me and my personal property with no probable cause. One officer asked where I was coming from, I replied “a night club”. Then they asked if I had identification, I replied, “Yes… do you?” as I gave one of the officers my driver’s license.

By this time I’m completely outraged but still fearful for my life and made no sudden movements that could later be justified as threatening. Then one of the officers’ took out a pad and began writing down the information from my license. I questioned why and was told it was procedure and necessary. Then they justified what they had done by saying “do you know how many murders we have in the eight – one?” I replied “no, but I am aware of the other things that go on in the eight- one”, referencing the 81st Precinct secret recordings pressing arrest and ticket quotas that was recently in the news.

The officers finally returned my i.d. and placed my bag on the rear hood of the cab, told me to read the sticker on the window of the cab as they walked away to return to their unmarked car. Then they drove away. I am writing this as my complaint against Officer Faceda, Officer Reyes and Sergeant Miller of the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn. I know there was absolutely no just cause or reason for the officers to force me out of the back seat of the taxi, frisk, search me and take down my information as if to warn me not to complain. I did nothing to deserve that treatment. I was completely horrified and humiliated by the actions of those police officers.

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