“I remember feeling helpless.”

In August 2013, a federal judge ruled the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk practice unconstitutional.

Nicholas Peart, a lifelong resident of Harlem, was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. He has been stopped and frisked repeatedly.

One of the first incidents occurred while he was out celebrating his 18th birthday. Nicholas (L) came to StoryCorps with his friend Frank Lopez (R) to talk about that night.

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Music Info: "Dance of the Peacock Phantom" by Fredrik from the album Origami.

Produced by Dan Collison, Michael Garofalo and Eve Claxton
Facilitated by John White
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