New York police officer threatens to break teen's arm

By: Shifra Unger 

(Scroll down for video) A New York City police officer threatened to break a teen’s arm and then punched him in the face for no reason, according to a recording uploaded to the Internet.

A chilling audio recording emerged Tuesday, of a plainclothes police officer calling a Harlem teenager a f***ing mutt and threatening to break his arm during a stop-and-frisk encounter.

The audio recording, secretly recorded by the teenager on a cell phone, offered a rare glimpse into the controversial police practice and comes a day before a high-profile council hearing in the city with four bills on the table to reform such tactics.

The plainclothes police officer stopped a teenager named Alvin in Harlem, while walking home from his girlfriend's house.

During the recording of two minutes, police appear to be repeatedly harassing and threatening the teenager after he asked why he was arrested.

At one point, one of the police officers asked Alvin if he wants to go to jail.

"Why?" Alvin asked.
"For being a f****ing mutt," said the officer.

Later, police put his arm behind his back. "Dude, I'll break your f***ing arm, then I'll hit you in the f***ing face," the officer warned.

Alvin, whose last name was not released, was not arrested during the incident and has no criminal record, Erin Schneider, a producer who has obtained the recording, said.

The audio is being released as part of a documentary video on the stop-and-frisk policy of the New York City police.

"This video confirms what we have been hearing from communities of color, again and again," New York Civil Liberties Union executive director Donna Lieberman said.

Stop-and-frisk numbers reached a record 680,000 in 2011, compared to 97,000 in 2002, although the number of stops are on track to be lower this year, statistics show.