New York Judge Shira Scheindlin has ruled that the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk policy is unconstitutional.
She asserts that the policy amounts to “indirect racial profiling,” and violates the fourth amendment.
Scheindlin has appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the NYPD’s conduct.
“No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life,” Scheindlin wrote in her opinion.
The class action was considered the broadest legal challenge to stop and frisk, a tactic in which city police stop people they suspect of unlawful activity and frisk those they suspect are carrying weapons.
Scheindlin’s decision follows an exhaustive nine-week trial that pitted the NYPD’s interest in keeping New York’s crime rate down against black and Latino plaintiffs who felt discriminated against. Scheindlin presided over the trial without a jury.
Kudos to this judge for getting it right!
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