Stop and Frisk

The long awaited ruling on the 10 week Stop and Frisk Case has been concluded by federal judge Shira A. Scheindlin has found that the Stop and Frisk policy of the New York City Police Department violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of  minority  New Yorkers, and called for a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms.   By all means the decision does not stop the NYPD  racial profiling  practice but that  an independent monitor will be appointed to develop reform polices, training , supervision and disciplinary actions.  The judge cited violations of the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure by the NYPD.  With over 5 million stops of mostly black and Hispanic men in the past decade the judge determined that at least 200,000 stops were made without reasonable suspicion.  The city’s highest officials  turned a blind eye to the evidence that police officers were violating the rights of New Yorkers by conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner, the judge stated in her decision “In their zeal to defend a policy that they believe to be effective, they have willfully ignored overwhelming proof that the policy of targeting the right people is racially discriminatory.”

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