We, along with USHRN members and allies, are deeply concerned about the federal appeals court ruling to block reforms to New York City's discriminatory Stop and Frisk program," said Ejim Dike, Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network. "Time and time again data and personal stories have demonstrated how the NYPD has engaged in systemic racial profiling by illegally stopping and frisking thousands of innocent people, most of whom are Black and Latino. Today's appeal of Judge Scheindlin's ruling is a direct affront to New Yorkers' human rights, and to the many communities, activists, grassroots and legal organizations that have worked for decades to end racially-biased policing, and bring real transparency and accountability to the NYPD.
"Without an effective system in place to monitor and address discriminatory practices like Stop and Frisk, New Yorkers of color will continue to feel unsafe and under siege in their own communities. While today's ruling is a major set-back, we hope that our lawmakers will demonstrate their commitment to protecting fundamental human rights for all, and implement the critical steps needed to reform these racially-unjust policies."