Week of August 12 - 18

Judge Rules NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violates Rights

Has the NYPD violated the constitution with the "stop and frisk" law - stating that they have the right to stop and search people that are suspected of criminal activity? A judge ruled on Monday that police departments should take a closer look at this tatic as it's a version of racial profiling and a violatiion of civil rights. The Wall Street Journal reports:

"Finding that New York City's so-called stop-and-frisk program amounted to "indirect racial profiling" by targeting blacks and Hispanics disproportionate to their populations, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered the installation of the department's first-ever independent monitor to oversee changes to its practices. City officials have argued that stop-and-frisk is a key component in their largely successful efforts to fight crime, but opponents have criticized it as a blatant violation of civil rights."

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