The Daily Show Explains Why Federal Judge Strikes Down NYPD Stop & Frisk Policy as Unconstitutional!

Posted By Levi

August 14th, 2013 4:31pm

Category: Justice

On Monday, Judge Shira Scheindlin of Federal District Court in New York declared New York City’s stop and frisk policy to be unconstitutional. She declared that the program violated the constitutional rights of minorities. I have written about the program here and here.

The NY Times editorial:

She found that the city had been “deliberately indifferent” to police officers illegally detaining and frisking minority residents on the streets over many years. Judge Scheindlin was clearly speaking of Mayor Michael Bloomberg when she concluded: “The City’s highest officials have turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner. In their zeal to defend a policy that they believe to be effective, they have willfully ignored overwhelming proof that the policy of singling out “the right people” is racially discriminatory and therefore violates the United States Constitution.”

The entire editorial is worth reading.

The judge did not strike down the program which is an important tool to fight crime. However, it must be done in accordance with the law.

The Daily Show does a good job explaining how stop and frisk works and why the judge says it violates the rights of minorities. Watch.

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