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NEW ORLEANS -- Although the nation’s largest city--New York--is facing intense scrutiny over its discriminatory use of stop and frisk policies--including a major civil rights lawsuit currently being heard in federal court and a package of bills designed to end discriminatory policing--the chief of another major U.S. city has turned to the use of stops and frisks as a major law enforcement tool.
New York, N.Y. – Advocates for ending discriminatory policing--including stop-and-frisk policies and biased surveillance--in the nation’s largest police department achieved a significant victory this week when New York City Council announced an agreement that would lead to the creation of an inspector general to oversee police policies and conduct, the Wall Street Journal reported today.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The trial involving a major civil rights lawsuit that seeks to end the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) discriminatory use of stop-and-frisk policies, began last month ifederal court in lower Manhattan.
"It all started in 2007, when I was pulled over by an unmarked NYPD car for no reason. I was arrested for a suspended license for an unpaid ticket. At the precinct, they sent a plainclothes Pakistani detective to interview me about my travels, my associations, and my religious and political beliefs.
New York City – A federal judge ruled that the New York Police Department’s practice of stopping and searching people when they leave privately owned apartment buildings in the Bronx under an assumption that they’re trespassing is unconstitutional, the New York Times reported.
New York City’s rampant use of its stop-and-frisk policy, which has been shown to disproportionately target people of color, has faced a serious setback in recent months, according to the New York Times.
In July, Bronx District Attorney Sterling Johnson decided to cease all prosecutions of criminal trespass cases at Bronx housing projects unless prosecutors are able to interview an arresting officer to ensure the arrest is warranted.
On Father's Day, forty thousand people marched in silence down Fifth Avenue in New York City to protest the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy, which has been shown to lead to racial profiling.