A State Supreme Court Justice has ruled that city police unions cannot block a local law that makes it easier for the public to sue police for racial profiling.
Judge Anil Singh upheld the Community Safety Act passed by the City Council last year.
The Council’s legislation was neither too vague nor was it preempted by state criminal procedure law, as its opponents had charged, Singh ruled.
The Manhattan judge also rejected a request from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association to issue an injunction against the measure.
“Local Law 71 does not prevent police officers from continuing to stop, question and frisk while utilizing their training and experience,” Singh wrote in a 35-page decision that surfaced late Wednesday.
“The law only seeks to deter the use of attributes such as race as the sole basis for an investigatory stop which is antithetical to our constitution and values,” the judge wrote, adding that the court understood cops had to make “split-second decisions” when conducting investigative stops.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has given his full support to the measure. “We are pleased with the court’s decision,” a spokesman for the department said.
De Blasio’s predecessor Michael Bloomberg was against it, and fought with the unions in an attempt to dismantle it.
What a solid victory for those in opposition of stop-and-frisk.
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