Saturday, February 01, 2014

UPDATE: New York City Settles Stop And Frisk Lawsuit!

Good news out of New York City! The election of Bill de Blasio as mayor of the city has resulted in a settlement in the lawsuit over the controversial New York Police Department policy of "stop and frisk." This decision ends the City's appeal of the landmark district court ruling that had declared that stop-and-frisk violated the United States constitution and was racially discriminatory.

The New York Times reports:
New York City will settle its long-running legal battle over the Police Department’s practice of stopping, questioning and often frisking people on the street — a divisive issue at the heart of the mayoral race last year — by agreeing to reforms that a judge ordered in August, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday. 
In making the announcement, which he said he hoped would end a turbulent chapter in the city’s racial history, Mr. de Blasio offered a sweeping repudiation of the aggressive policing practices that had been a hallmark of his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg, but that had stoked anger and resentment in many black and Latino neighborhoods. He essentially reversed the course set by Mr. Bloomberg, whose administration had appealed the judge’s ruling. 
“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.
The organization which sued the city over the stop-and-frisk policy, the Center for Constitutional Rights, said:
“Today is the beginning of a long-overdue process: the reform of the NYPD to end illegal and racially discriminatory policing. For too long, communities of color have felt under siege by the police, and young Black and Latino men have disproportionately been the target. We are glad to have reached an agreement with the City and commend Mayor de Blasio for promising to drop the appeal and embracing reform.  We are eager to finally begin creating real change.”
 This is excellent news and another reminder that elections have consequences!

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