'Operation Clean Halls' is a part of the NYPD's stop and frisk program which allows police officers to patrol thousands of private apartment buildings across New York City. The program began in 1991 and was intended to deter crime in private apartment buildings. But, instead of targeting supicious activity, the NYPD is using 'Clean Halls' as an excuse to stop, question, frisk, detain and even arrest totally innocent people. This video contains the personal testimonies of people who live in buildings with clean halls.
"Operation Clean Halls has placed hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, mostly black and Latino, under siege in their own homes," NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. "For residents of Clean Halls buildings, taking the garbage out or checking the mail can result in being thrown against the wall and humiliated by police. Untold numbers of people have been wrongly arrested for trespassing because they had the audacity to leave their apartments without IDs or visit friends and family who live in Clean Halls buildings. This aggressive assault on people's constitutional rights must be stopped."
For more information on the clean halls program, visit www.nyclu.org.