As Miru Kim walked past the 9/11 memorial, NYPD cops pointed to her shirt and asked her about the message on it!
“He asked me what my shirt said,” she recalled. “I told him it was an old T-shirt from a protest group. That got him going even more, and I had to explain that it was from an anti-Iraq War group from a long time ago. Like, 10 years ago.”
The officer asked for Kim’s apartment number and phone number, then asked for her ID, which she says she didn’t have on her person. She proceeded to give him “all of my information,” including her name and cellphone number.
“I thought it was kind of annoying getting all of my information taken down by police,” Kim said. “I didn’t ask why. I didn’t really say anything. I basically just complied and explained that it’s just a shirt from a long time ago.”
In Kim’s social media post she says:
“No New Yorker should be targeted for a police stop or interrogation because they are wearing a t-shirt with Arabic writing on it,” says Donna Lieberman, the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Executive Director. She described the alleged incident as “inconsistent with free expression.”
In August 2006, two TSA officers at JFK barred Raed Jarrar from boarding a JetBlue flight until he agreed to cover up his “We Will Not Be Silent” t-shirt.
Jarrar won a $240,000 settlement against JetBlue:
A TSA agent stopped a college student who was wearing the very same t-shirt and was surrounded by Coast Guard officials on the Staten Island Ferry.
Stephanie Schwartz, a student at Hunter College, was stopped October 9 while riding on the Staten Island ferry by a security guard wearing a Department of Transportation uniform. The guard had taken exception to her shirt, a black T-shirt with the slogan “We will not be silent” written in English and Arabic. Schwartz claims the guard told her that she’d “better not wear that shirt here anymore” and that it wasn’t appropriate for “high security places.”
“Schwartz and the Coast Guard differ on exactly what happened on the October 9 ferry boat incident. She claims that after the initial incident with the security guard she was surrounded by a patrol of four Coast Guard petty officers whom she had seen speak to the security guard earlier.”