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Ruling against NYPD’s stop and frisk of Caribbean immigrants


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NEW YORK, Aug 12, CMC – A United States federal district judge today ruled against the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) policy of stop-and-frisk against Caribbean immigrants, blacks and other minorities.
In a ruling in Manhattan Federal District Court, Judge Shira Scheindlin said the policy was unconstitutional, appointing a monitor to reform the practice.
She said the city “adopted a policy of indirect racial profiling by targeting racially defined groups for stops based on local crime suspect data,” rejecting the NYPD’s claim that more stops occur in minority neighborhoods  because of alleged high-crime rates there.
“I also conclude that the city’s highest officials have turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner,” she wrote.
 Judge Shira Scheindlin, however, said she was “not ordering an end to the practice of stop-and-frisk,” noting that the US Supreme Court had ruled that the tactic was “constitutionally permissible under certain conditions.
“The purpose of the remedies addressed in this opinion is to ensure that the practice is carried out in a manner that protects the rights and liberties of all New Yorkers, while still providing much needed police protection.
“No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life,” she ruled, finding that blacks and other minorities, including Caribbean immigrants, were “more likely to be subjected to the use of force than whites, despite the fact that whites are more likely to be found with weapons or contraband.
“Blacks are likely targeted for stops based on a lesser degree of objectively founded suspicion than whites,” Justice Scheindlin said, stating police let the person go, without an arrest or ticket, in 88 per cent of the stops.
The ruling comes after a two-month, nonjury trial in Manhattan Federal District Court over the NYPD’s policy.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was expected to hold a news conference later today to respond to the judge’s ruling.


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