Unfortunately, one of the legal victories reported in this blog has been overturned on appeal. The NY Court of Appeals ruled Stop & Frisk racial profiling is A-OK! Furthermore, Judge Scheindlin, who ruled the practice unconstitutional, was removed.
(Reuters, Oct. 31, 2013) - A U.S. appeals court froze court-ordered reforms to the New York City Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge who found the police tactic unconstitutional, alleging that she "ran afoul" of the judicial code of conduct.
We congratulate Judge Scheindlin for trying to right a tremendous wrong. We further congratulate litigants who sued to end racial profiling and police officers who helped to expose how oppressive Stop & Frisk is. One such police officer speaks on a YouTube video at http://youtu.be/tt4O62_VXs4 (embedded below). He revealed that the quota for police officers in New York is one 1 arrest, 20 summons, and 5 stop and frisks. The police officer said, "This is not what I became a cop for - this is not what I want to do."
Mayor Bloomberg’s administration had sought to appeal Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling, which stated the NYPD had abused its power. But de Blasio is working to settle the case out of court.
"We believe these steps will make everyone safer," de Blasio told a Brooklyn news conference. "This will be one city where everyone rises together, where everyone’s rights are protected."
Mayor Says New York City Will Settle Suits on Stop-and-Frisk Tactics
“We’re here today to turn the page on one of the most divisive problems in our city,” Mr. de Blasio said at a news conference. “We believe in ending the overuse of stop-and-frisk that has unfairly targeted young African-American and Latino men.”
Bill de Blasio's Video Announcement with Commentary by Al Sharpton
Congratulations, New York!