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NYPD’s Stop & Frisk Policy Ruled Unconstitutional

stop-and-friskU.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin recently ruled that the “stop and frisk” procedure commonly practiced by NYPD is unconstitutional and referred to it as “indirect racial profiling.”

Scheindlin wrote in her opinion that the policy targeted racially defined groups, resulting in the disproportionate stopping of tens of thousands of Blacks and Hispanics.

New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg still stands behind the policy, despite the judge’s ruling. He says the procedure has made New York the “poster child” for safe U.S. cities because of the drastic crime reduction.

Bloomberg told reporters that he planned to appeal the ruling.

SOURCE: Reuters

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