On August 12, 2013, the Center for Constitutional Rights announced via a press release their landmark win against the New York Police Department's racially discriminatory practice of stop, question and frisk. Federal Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled that the stop-and-frisk tactics of NYPD violated the constitutional rights of mostly Black and Latino men, as it demonstrated a widespread disregard for the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government, as well as the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. She also called for a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms as well as community meetings, or a “joint remedial process,” to get public input on these reforms. While this desicion is no doubt a huge win for human rights advocates, there is still more work ahead.
Click here to read CCR's press release.
Click here to read the NYTimes article on the decision.
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