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NYPD stops rushing black students out of the area to break a journalist’s camera

"Leave! Get out!"


Patrick Howell O'Neill


Posted on Oct 10, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 10:38 am CDT

Black high school students around New York City are being shooed out of wealthy white neighborhoods by security officers and cops—even when their schools are smack in the middle of those neighborhoods.

The issue was first reported last week when a witness said NYPD officers in patrol cars drove after black teens and told them, via loudspeaker for everyone to hear, to “get out of the neighborhood.”

NY1, a local news station, followed up by heading to John Jay High School in Park Slope, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city.

Armed with a camera, the NY1 crew got plenty of footage of NYPD school security officers—many of whom are black themselves—driving kids away from school.

“Go! Leave!” the officers yelled.

“They’re just like, ‘Everybody move! Everybody leave!’” one student told the NY1 crew.

“They tell us to get out of the neighborhood,” another student said.

Screengrab via NY1

The NY1 crew documented the same behavior at multiple schools in wealthy and predominatly white neighborhoods around the city.

They also had a confrontation with several of these officers who, in the midst of shooing the kids away, demanded that the NY1 crew not film them. (It’s legal to film NYPD officers.) Officers also insisted the crew not film interviews near the school on a public sidewalk. (It’s legal to film on public sidewalks.)

One officer was so mad that they broke the NY1 camera while it was filming her do it on Tuesday. You can watch the video and read the report here.


Screengrabs via NY1 | Remix by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Oct 10, 2014, 10:47 am CDT