Federal Judge Rules New York ‘Stop and Frisk’ Policy Unconstitutional

“No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life”, states U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who ruled today that New York City’s infamous ‘stop and frisk’ policy is unconstitutional and violates basic human rights.

Advocates marching for an end to New York's 'Stop and Frisk' Policy in January
Advocates marching for an end to New York’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ Policy in January

According to Scheindlin, this policy – which allows police to have individuals empty their pockets, regardless of previous wrongdoing, only to arrest them if they find anything illegal, such as cannabis or other illegal drugs – leads to “indirect racial profiling”, and that the city’s top officials have “turned a blind eye” to the inappropriate use of this already-unconstitutional policy.

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