Center for Constitutional Rights
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.