On June 3, 2011, a 17-year-old boy in Harlem was stopped-and-frisked by NYPD officers. The teenager, named Alvin, made an audio recording of the stop on his cellphone because he had been harassed by police before. After being cursed at and threatened with violence several times by the two officers, one of the officer's takes Alvin's arms and bends it behind his back, as if to arrest him. Alvin then asks why he's being arrested. The officer's response: "For being a fucking mutt."

Ross Tuttle obtained Alvin's tape for The Nation, and interviewed him, along with two active-duty police officers, who recount the pressure put on officers to keep stop-and-frisk numbers high. The full audio begins at the 3:00 mark.

Alvin was not arrested, but shoved away and told to "take a fucking walk." An email asking NYPD Deputy Commissioner, Public Information Paul Browne for comment has not been returned.

“It’s really bad,” one police officer told the Nation after listening to the recording. “It’s not a good thing at all. But it’s really common, I’m sorry to say. It doesn’t have to be like that.” Indeed, we don't remember any officers cursing at or threatening suspects during NYPD stop-and-frisk training sessions that we witnessed this summer.

The NYPD stops more than 1,800 people each day; an overwhelming of them are black or Hispanic. Tomorrow morning the City Council's Safety Committee is holding a hearing to discuss several bills, including one that would require officers to give members of the public they stop a business card, another that would require officers to tell someone not under arrest that they have the right to refuse a search of their person or property, and another would amend the current law defining racial profiling. A fourth would establish an an officer of the Inspector General for the NYPD, which everyone knows we don't need.