Judge Rules NYC’s ‘Stop-And-Frisk’ Unconstitutional

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A federal judge this morning rebuked the New York Police Department in stunning fashion, declaring the force’s controversial so-called “stop-and-frisk” policy unconstitutional as currently practiced.

In a ruling spiked with dramatic flourishes, U.S. District Judge Shira Sheindlin said stop-and-frisk, a tactic in which cops can search anyone regardless of whether they believe a crime has been committed, has allowed police officers to unfairly target blacks and Hispanics far more than whites. Sheindlin said the policy could continue, however, under strong new restrictions.

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