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Federal Judge Rules Against NYPD Stop And Frisk Program
A federal judge ruled yesterday that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices “systemically” violated the constitutional rights of Bronx residents — but said it could continue with proper modifications.
Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered the NYPD to “immediately cease” stopping people outside Bronx apartments enrolled in a voluntary anti-crime program unless cops have “reasonable suspicion of trespass,” in a massive 157-page decision.
The ruling followed testimony last year by four black and Latino Bronx residents who said they were wrongly stopped by cops outside their own homes under the 21-year-old Trespass Affidavit Program, — also known as “Clean Halls” — which allows police to patrol private buildings with a landlord’s consent.
Scheindlin said she is “not ordering the abolition or even a reduction of [TAP], which appears to be a valuable way of using the NYPD’s resources to enhance [security],” she wrote.
Instead, cops will be expected to justify stop-and-frisk encounters beyond saying an individual was suspicious or “furtive.”
The NYPD already changed many of its stop-and-frisk policies last year, after the suit was filed.
NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly seemed more than a little salty that his cops won’t be able to harass people of color anymore.
“An elitist takes for granted the safety provided by doormen who routinely challenge visitors to their apartment buildings,” he said. “The police have worked to provide a modicum of safety for less prosperous tenants.”
For those confused by the Commissioners oil-slick speech, “less properous tenants” means, “ninjas in projects”.
Those shady NYPD boys are always up to something.
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