Stop-and-Frisk Trial: Cop’s Secret Tape Reveals Boss Ordered Him to Target Blacks Males Ages 14 to 21

Robert Gearty and Corky Siemaszko, NY Daily News, March 21, 2013

A top Bronx cop was caught on tape telling an NYPD whistleblower to specifically target “male blacks 14 to 21” for stop-and-frisk because they commit crimes.

Stop “the right people, the right time, the right location,” Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack is heard saying on the recording.

“He meant blacks and Hispanics,” Officer Pedro Serrano, who made the secret recording, testified Thursday in Manhattan federal court.

“So what am I supposed to do: Stop every black and Hispanic?” Serrano was heard saying on the tape, which was recorded last month at the 40th Precinct in the Bronx.

McCormack said to focus on the Mott Haven section, where the problem “was robberies and grand larcenies.”

“I have no problem telling you this,” the inspector said on the tape. “Male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem [to] tell you this, male blacks 14 to 21.”

During cross examination, City lawyer Brenda Cooke got Serrano to admit that McCormack never said he wanted Serrano to stop all blacks and Hispanics.

“Those specific words, no,” he told her.


Serrano told the court he taped McCormick because he had gotten poor performance reviews for failing to meet what he claims was the monthly quota of 20 summonses and five stops-and-frisk and wanted evidence to show he was being retaliated against.

For speaking out, the 43-year-old cop who joined the NYPD in 2004 testified earlier that he was smeared as a “rat” and ostracized by fellow officers.


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  • Tom Iron

    “male blacks 14 to 21” for stop-and-frisk because they commit crimes.

    No fooling Dick Tracey! Are you sure they’re the ones?

    • sbuffalonative

      A couple weeks ago, I was on Buffalos’ black east side. I noticed something odd. I kept seeing the same black man walking past me wearing a black jacket, black hat, and black jeans. He’s walk off in one direction and then I’d see him coming up the block from behind me. Then I realized, it wasn’t the same black man. All the black men were wearing the same basic outfit. They all looked the same by how they were dressed; even some of the women.
      It’s no wonder the police have difficulty identifying a suspect since blacks in black neighborhoods seem to be wearing near identical cloths. I suspect this is a group thing where if they all look the same, they can confuse the police when they’re looking for a criminal. It makes it easy for them to claim innocent black men are all being targeted and for the real criminal to get away.

      • dukem1

        It’s called triage.
        They asked the bank robber Willie Sutton why he kept robbing banks.

        “Because that’s where the money is.”

  • Serrano told the court he taped McCormick because he had gotten poor performance reviews for failing to meet what he claims was the monthly quota of 20 summonses and five stops-and-frisk and wanted evidence to show he was being retaliated against.

    Five stops-and-frisks per month? 20 tickets?
    Sounds to me like Serrano just didn’t want to do his job.

    …specifically target “male blacks 14 to 21” for stop-and-frisk because they commit crimes.

    Let’s see, it wouldn’t be a very effective policy if it was used to stop whites in suits with briefcases, joggers in running suits, nurses in uniforms, priests, nuns, or Wall Streeters.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The dude had an entire month to write 20 tickets and stop-and-frisk five people but couldn’t handle the workload.

      How shiftless can these DREAMers get?

      • dukem1

        More shiftlessness on the horizon, for sure!

    • Xerxes22

      “Sounds to me like Serrano just didn’t want to do his job.” That’s exactly what it was. Plus he sounds like a mulatto Hispanic with a chip on his shoulder. That’s what you get with AA.

    • jambi19

      I think this officer Serrano has a valid argument. I mean shouldn’t the SEC be profiling insider traders on Wall-street as female purple hat wearing three hundred pounders named Dashawnequia? I mean hey are just as likely to be committing investment fraud as a Berkowitz, Romano or a Goldman. I mean we can’t have the SEC focusing on solving the problem where there is in fact a problem.

  • Triarius

    I have no issue with profiling. If someone was wanted for murder or robbery or really any crime, I am not going to start whining that they are mainly only stopping men.

    Same goes for race. If I am on the lookout for a person high on crack carjacking seniors, my guard might drop a little around whites and raise around blacks.

    You can sue all you want, but it will never get rid of common sense and more importantly, instinct.

  • bigone4u

    I fear the outcome of this is that white 3 year old girls and elderly white grannies in wheelchairs will be stopped and frisked just as at airports. We know the muzzies are the bad guys in airports and we know that blacks are the problem in the black neighborhoods and when seen wandering around aimlessly in white neighborhoods. Why can’t a cop stop a black “teen” and offer a friendly “Hi neighbor. Ya live around here?” without it becoming “racist?”

  • DailyKenn

    Once again . . .

    DOJ statistics reveal that 52.2% of homicides are committed by blacks who comprise about 13 percent of the population. Nearly all black murderers are males between the ages of 18 and 49, a demographic that represents about 3 percent of the population. That 3 percent of the population is committing about half of all violent crime.

    If 65-year-old white males were committing about half of all violent crime, I would say, “Profile 65-year-old white males.”

  • Luca

    Blacks 48+%, hispanics 31+%.

    So, almost 80% black/hispanic population in the Bronx. Therefore common sense dictates we stop all Hasidic Jews and Amish..

    • The__Bobster

      That poor Amishman is going to be frisked 100 times a day.

      • It wouldn’t be an Amish, likely a hasidic, and who would want to touch one of them?

  • The__Bobster

    A top Bronx cop was caught on tape telling an NYPD whistleblower to specifically target “male blacks 14 to 21” for stop-and-frisk because they commit crimes.

    That makes perfect sense. The White crime rate in the Bronx has to be so low that it can be represented by an asterisk.

  • a multiracial individual

    He should have covered his butt by saying: Make sure you stop some thuggish looking white kids too….

  • IKantunderstand

    “So, what am I supposed to do:Stop every Black and Hispanic?” No, dumb ass. This is why they had to dumb down the admittance tests. Only a dumb ass could translate: “target black males 14-21”, to stopping every Black and Hispanic of all age groups and both genders. Shoot, no wonder he couldn’t meet his quota. And, please don’t point out to me that he admitted those exact words weren’t uttered. He simply, did not understand. Let’s let in more Hispanics, and dumb down our requirements even more! Let’s all of us die on the altar of so called equality, as our fire departments become more incompetent, our doctors, our nurses, our teachers, our DMV workers! Who cares? We should be proud, we have out egalitaired France! We’ll go down in history. Assuming there will be anybody left in the world who even cares about history, or, who even knows what it is.

  • Rapidrunner

    While Black and Hispanics may commit more violent crime, white teens commit more crime such as underage drug use, drug dealing (especially on college campuses),shoplifiting, entering casinos underage etc…

    • Yep, I avoid certain neighborhoods in my own metropolitan area because they’re full of 20-year olds that sneak onto the casino boats.

    • IstvanIN

      Oh please. Underage pot smokers and sellers, as well as shoplifters, can be reformed and turned into useful citizens. These white kids are not the same as 14 year old black baby killers and rapists. The comparison is ridiculous.

    • I_LoveWhite_People

      Soooo, officer Serrano, 43 YO cop, should focus on young YTs’ using illegal ID??? Is he going undercover at the local club?

    • I’ll call BS on who or what commits more those crimes list…. except casino entering.
      WOW… that came straight out of your 4th point of contact!

      Pound for pound, blacks are natural born criminals. Stop & frisk is racist… but that is why it works

    • freddy_hills

      That’s not true. Blacks and whites use drugs at about the same rate. But blacks are 5 times more likely to sell.

    • Triarius

      Please show me the stats where whites commit more shoplifting, drug dealing, and drug use. I’m willing to bet blacks excel in those areas as well.

      Pretty sure it is always an all-black crowd that loots and does the smash-and-grabs. I know grocery stores in Detroit went out of busness due to so much theft, can’t say the same for white areas. And do I even have to cite drug dealing?

  • IstvanIN

    I am philosophically opposed to stop and frisk. It shouldn’t be happening in the US. This is what happens when you take a first world nation and turn it turd world. Was stop and frisk necessary in 1950s New York? No, and why? We know why.

    • I am concretely opposed to having all these third world non-whites in my country. But so far, nobody is paying attention to what I want as far as that goes. So until they do, I’m not philosophically opposed to police tactics like SQF. Especially since the “Q” means “question,” which makes SQF a perfectly legitimate and Constitutionally sound Terry stop.

      • IstvanIN

        Right now they ignore us. Or tell us our opinion don’t count because we are white. In the future we will be told our opinions don’t count because we are in the minority.

    • LastBastionOfHope

      If whites committed that much crime, I’d say go after whites. It’s all about who is committing the crime and it’s mostly young black males. Facts are facts. Cops will play odds like any other logical people. If you want to get struck by lightning, going to the roof of the Empire State Building doesn’t make you racist against basements. It means you are playing the odds.

      • a multiracial individual

        One an airplane who concerns you more? A young black man or a young Arab man?

        Also, if Jihadists started using blonde whites in all terrorists attacks would you support profiling of blonde whites? Some say no. However, logic says profile and respect any correlation in crime/violence.

  • LastBastionOfHope

    In other news, exterminators were told to look for cockroaches and termites. WAIT. That’s racist against cockroaches and termites! I forgot logic means nothing to blacks.

  • SargeInCharge

    “Target black males ages 14 to 21”

    When I go fishing, I cast my line where I most suspect there will be fish.

    • Fishing, frisking and Fight Club all have the same 1st rule. This ‘rat’ cop is breaking it

  • Rather than calling them ‘black males’ the police often say ‘male black’ the same way you’d say ‘male elephant or female bison’

    it subtly denotes another species.

    Am I the only one that giggles when I hear that? That’s why I like the English language. You have to understand it to enjoy the full comedy value of what has become of our lives.

  • The cop has a future in IAD. The Bronx is a violent place. What makes it so is illegals, spicks and n*i66ers.

  • freddy_hills

    Actually, what Serrano did was entrapment. He put on a wire and asked leading questions. Notice that his superior didn’t tell him to only stop blacks or not to stop anyone else. He was telling him who the prime suspects in most crimes are.

  • StillModerated

    Office Pedro Serrano looks like the Huevo Duro character from Condorito comics. My guess is that he’s a lazy shiftless Dominican.

  • whiteuncleruckus

    The crime of racism is worse than any other crime including violence. black people and white liberals think this way.

  • USMC Gunny

    If you’re goin’ fishin’, ya gotta go where the fish are.

  • American Patriot

    Its time to openly recognise that a Constitution written by and for a White population cannot and should not be literally applied to negroes and brown hispanics. In the areas where these short time horizon people are common the courtesies of White dealing with White- 4th, 5th amendemnt and trial by jury of peers need to be suspended. A swift trial by a White Judge and immediate execution of sentence if found guilty should be the order of the day. Truth be known once the gangbangers are suppressed the local negroes and browns will secretly appreciate the restored order. They know they need us and will quickly quiet down once the opportunies to rape, steal and lay about on welfare are taken away.

  • Marc B.

    It’s a blatant violation of Fourth Amendment rights, but also a necessity, because it would be harder for NYC liberals to fully enjoy the wonderful diversity of “The City” without such Draconian measures.