Radio personality DJ Envy has had a change of heart. Today (September 29), the “Breakfast Club” personality revealed who made him realize he should not support the right for law enforcement to stop and frisk pedestrians.
Envy went to his Instagram page to explain where he now stands toward stop and frisk following a conversation with G.O.O.D. Music’s John Legend.
John legend is a firm supporter and advocate of black lives matter. I had an opportunity to have a wonderful conversation with him today where he provided me and our listeners with a great deal of useful information regarding stop and frisk. This information played a large part in me revisiting my thoughts and opinions regarding stop and frisk. As a black man in our community, I have been subjected to stop and frisk on numerous occasions and have had bad experiences with police officers who abuse their power. Upon all of those occasions, I had gone home and complained to my family and/or shared it with breakfast club listeners. I am the son of a retired detective and still had contempt for the law and the officers that carried it out. I was firmly and vocally against stop and frisk… That all changed about a week ago when someone tried to MURDER me in an attempted robbery and carjacking… I was shot at several times with an illegal gun . Thankfully, through the grace of God, I was able to escape with my life and go home to my family. It was as though a ton of bricks fell from the sky and gave me a different perspective on stop and frisk based on my experience. The only thing that I could think is that these streets aren't safe and that illegal guns need to be removed. I have been on both sides of the equation… A person reduced to being stopped and frisked and a person who's life was almost taken from him with an illegal gun. I said that stop and frisk could be an option if it could be administered PROPERLY and FAIRLY. Voicing that opinion created a much-needed discussion about the topic. It angered a lot of people and causd a surge of information to rise to the surface… some information that I was not aware of previously… After several conversations within my community with @johnlegend and with my wife, I am not too proud to say that my views on Stop and Frisk have changed.. I spoke too soon..
Earlier this week, Envy received backlash from social media over his support for stop and frisk.
Soo #DJ Envy are u finished or are u Done!!
— Mz.Keys🤞🏾 (@babeecakes20) September 27, 2016
DJ envy needs to be donkey of the day @cthagod
— india. (@IndiaDionna) September 27, 2016
DJ Envy is only "black" when it comes time to make his money.
— @the_darling1 (@the_darling1) September 27, 2016
We def stop and frisking you… https://t.co/FQ60piX0OD
— djenvy (@djenvy) September 27, 2016
A few days ago, the New York native talked about his pro-stance for the controversial law enforcement tactic.
“They got a lot of guns off the street. The way the NYPD was doing it was unconstitutional. They didn’t do it the way that it was supposed to be done. That’s why they pulled it from New York.” (“The Breakfast Club”)