Lawsuit: NYPD Making Illegal Stop-And-Frisks In Private Buildings

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges the New York Police Department’s program that allows police to stop and frisk people in private apartment buildings throughout the city.

Nearly every apartment building in some Bronx neighborhoods is enrolled in “Operation Clean Halls;” in Manhattan, nearly 3,900 buildings are part of the program.

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Hispanic groups said the program puts tenants and their guests at a heightened risk of unjustified and unlawful arrests.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports

“Going out for a container of milk or a pack of Skittles can result in somebody being detained, thrown up against the wall, even arrested for trespassing,” Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the NYCLU, said. “People are turned into suspects for no other reason than where they live.”

Several residents living in designated “clean halls” buildings said they feel like prisoners in their own homes and claim they have been stopped by police without having committed any wrongdoing.

One 17-year-old said he was arrested for trespassing when visiting friend. The charges were later dropped.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

The NYPD has defended its stop-and-frisk practices saying the program helps get illegal guns off the streets and reduces crime.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said “clean halls” makes buildings safer.

“I would suspect that the attorneys involved in this case live in buildings with doormen and they have a level of safety that people who live in tenements don’t have,” Kelly said.

  • Rich

    Your right Stop n Frisk works. It’s like the movie minority report, If you stop random people odds of finding someone with a bag of weed or warrant for tickets is high. Why do hard police work? when you can just randomly stop ppl. It’s a lot more effective. Assuming someone did a crime works a lot better than hard work.

  • mike

    If police stops everyday people going to and from, then this country is changing for the worst and all that our fathers fought for is history.

  • The Facts

    This outfit is always crying wolf. Its members live in a fantasy world. It appears that they have nothing better to do than harrass the police.

    • mike

      Frack the cops they are all racist! they all can kiss my as….

      • The Facts

        It is dishonest to claim that any group is “all racist.”

    • James- Hmm 263

      Probally comming from someboby white that dosen’t have to go through things of this nature because: let me guess, you’re white..

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