Bloomberg; August 12, 2013
New York City police stop-and-frisk practices unlawfully targeted people on the basis of their race, a federal judge ruled, ordering an independent monitor to oversee reforms of the practice.
U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan in her decision today said changes to the procedure are necessary, while stopping short of ordering a wholesale end to the practice. The ruling followed a nine-week non-jury trial before her that ended May 20.
Endorsement of stop-and-frisk by the city and its police department “is fundamentally inconsistent with the law of equal protection and represents a particularly disconcerting manifestation of indifference,” she wrote, describing each stop as a “demeaning and humiliating experience.”
Four black men sued the city alleging they had been stopped and questioned or frisked by police without reasonable suspicion in violation of their constitutional rights. Police have made more than 4 million such stops in the past nine years, the men alleged. At least 80 percent of those people stopped were black or Latino, according to court papers.
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