Monday, August 12, 2013

NY Judge Rules That 'Stop and Frisk' Violates Rights

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

From the New York Times, the New York Police Department's practice of "stop and frisk," generally men of color, violates the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution:

In a decision issued on Monday, the judge, Shira A. Scheindlin, ruled that police officers have for years been systematically stopping innocent people in the street without any objective reason to suspect them of wrongdoing. Officers often frisked these people, usually young minority men, for weapons or searched their pockets for contraband, like drugs, before letting them go, according to the 195-page decision.

However, Judge Scheindlin was clear, she was not ending the practice, just appointing a federal monitor to make the practice fall more in line with federal standards, issuing a report every six months until the NYPD "has achieved compliance."

So, yay?

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