News: Federal Judge Rules NYPD Stop-And-Frisk Policy Violates Rights
What has been a fairly common sense observation for most of us has finally become a legal reality for the city of New York. A ruling handed down Monday by Federal Judge Shira A. Scheindlin deemed that the New York Police Department’s use of stop-and-frisk techniques has violated the rights of minorities, in instances of racial profiling.
The Judge attacked Police Commissioners and City Officials in the decision, saying that they had, “turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner.” And she’s right, stop-and-frisk, a favorite tool of the New York Police officer, has resulted in the breach of both the 4th and 14th amendments of more than 4.4 million people in the last decade alone.
While The NYPD claims accusations of racial profiling are a media driven myth, and Mayor Bloomberg’s office plans an appeal, the numbers reveal the truth. African Americans and Hispanics were targeted 88 percent of the time, with officers finding violations on only 10 percent of stops. So, not only are New York’s finest guilty of profiling, but it appears as if they may also be inefficient.
The Judge did not, however, put an end to the invasive policy. She instead ordered a number of reforms and appointed an outside lawyer to oversee the department’s compliance with the constitution. One of the court’s reforms includes a pilot-program that will have officers wearing cameras while out on patrol, so make sure your looking good next time your caught in the act. But in all seriousness, props to Judge Scheindlin for being able to see the facts through the bullshit.
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