Center for Constitutional Rights
A federal appeals court block of a judge’s ruling that found the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy discriminated against minorities may be short lived, depending on the outcome of next week’s mayoral election.
After years of burnishing a reputation as one of the nation’s most potent police forces, the NYPD appears poised to become one of the most closely monitored.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest crime-fighting idea had a lot of people riled up on Friday. The mayor wants to fingerprint more than 600,000 people who live in public housing. He said it’s to make the projects safer.
A blockbuster ruling from a federal judge will not mean the end of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program. But one way or another, it likely will mean changes for the controversial police practice.
U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin issued the ruling on Monday, but did not order an end to the practice. Instead, she has appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes.
Lalit Clarkson testified that he had just stepped out for his lunch break from the Grand Concourse Academy and was walking back to school with a clear bag containing the sandwich he’d bought when he was accosted by a pair of plain clothes cops.
A police officer testified Wednesday that he taunted an innocent 13-year-old boy after he detained the teen under the New York Police Department’s disputed program of stopping, questioning and frisking people on city streets.
There was a show of frustration outside federal court on Friday as the city defended its practice of stopping and frisking potential suspects in high-crime areas.
The NYPD “stop and frisk” policy is set to face its biggest legal challenge this week, with a federal civil rights trial on whether the tactic unfairly targets minorities.
A New York judge has granted class action status to a 2008 lawsuit accusing the New York Police Department of discriminating against blacks and Hispanics with its stop-and-frisk policies aimed at reducing crime.
While investigators searched for terrorists, a civil rights lawyer and her colleagues have been very busy over the past decade defending immigrants swept up in post-9/11 raids.