In a resounding blow to NYPD’s stop-and-frisk, United States District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin has found that the NYPD has committed widespread, systemic abuse of the rights of the people by detaining and searching them without reasonable suspicion.
I skimmed through as much of the 237 page decision as possible before writing, and Judge Scheindlin means business. She appointed an independent monitor to guide the city through adjusting its policies and training to ensure that these violations do not continue, and even went as far as ordering:
… the NYPD to institute a pilot project in which bodyworn cameras will be worn for a one-year period by officers on patrol in one precinct per borough — specifically the precinct with the highest number of stops during 2012.
Very much looking forward to the implementation of the judge’s orders
City v. Floyd – Opinion (.pdf) (the Court’s finding that the NYPD broke the law)
City v. Floyd – Order (the Court’s remedy for the NYPD’s lawbreaking)
While it’s a step in the right direction, unfortunately, she did not put a complete stop to the practice.
“The Supreme Court has recognized that ‘the degree of community resentment aroused by particular practices is clearly relevant to an assessment of the quality of the intrusion upon reasonable expectations of personal security.’ In light of the very active and public debate on the issues addressed in this Opinion — and the passionate positions taken by both sides — it is important to recognize the human toll of unconstitutional stops. While it is true that any one stop is a limited intrusion in duration and deprivation of liberty, each stop is also a demeaning and humiliating experience. No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life.” (Page 3 of the Opinion)
I’d love to see Blogger Bob address this argument when it’s directed at the TSA instead of the NYPD.
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2)Nothing has changed.
3)It’s all about revenue.
4)Bloomberg thinks it’s ok.