Spotlight: NYPD’s Racially Biased “Stop & Frisk” Program

21 May

Robert Stolarik for The New York Times

Last week, Federal District Court judge  Shira A. Scheindlin issued a ruling fiercely criticizing the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactics. In a landmark move long awaited by opponents of NYPD’s historically racially-skewed Stop & Frisk program, Judge Scheindlin elevated complaints of racism against the departments tactics to “class action status.”  As noted by NY Times blogger Al Baker, this move “provides possible legal recourse for hundreds of thousands of people who have been caught up in the department’s increasingly vigorous stop-and-frisk practice” which unjustly criminalizes blacks and Latinos, the overwhelming majority of which have done nothing wrong.

In response, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly unveiled new measures on Thursday intended to reduce the frequency of illegitimate stops. Read more about his efforts here:

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