Judge Rules New York’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy Violates Constitutional Rights of Minorities
Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policy of ‘stop and frisk’ violates the rights of minorities.
In a decision issued on Monday, the judge, Shira A. Scheindlin, ruled that police officers have for years been systematically stopping innocent people in the street without any objective reason to suspect them of wrongdoing. Officers often frisked these people, usually young minority men, for weapons or searched their pockets for contraband, like drugs, before letting them go, according to the 195-page decision.
These stop-and-frisk episodes, which soared in number over the last decade as crime continued to decline, demonstrated a widespread disregard for the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government, according to the ruling. It also found violations with the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.
This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.