THIS JUST IN: A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS JUST RULED THE NYPD “STOP AND FRISK” POLICY UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
While the NYPD police chief and billionaire oligarch Mayor Michael Bloomberg both claim that the “stop and frisk” policy “saves lives” the New York Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy has just been ruled to violate constitutional rights. The federal judge ruled this morning that it and must be altered or abandoned.
The ruling by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin’s concludes a class-action lawsuit which claims that the city’s police officers routinely stopped so-called “minority” males, particularly blacks and Latinos, without legal reasons, and in disproportionate number than their “white” male counterparts. Police officers testified throughout the trial that quotas forced them to make unnecessary stops, without probable cause.
The lead plaintiff in the case is a medical student who was stopped and frisked twice, without any reason. David Floyd, was stopped once in the middle of the afternoon when he was merely in front of his home in the Bronx. This is a major victory that was a long time coming, as the suit was originally filed in 2008, and ended this May. The ruling coming only this morning, has been cheared by the ACLU and other civil libertarians. CNN reports that according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, the police department logged its 5 millionth stop-and-frisk under Mayor Michael Bloomberg in March.