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Judge: New York Stop & Frisk violates constitutional rights

In a welcome ruling, Federal District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin has ruled that New York’s stop & frisk practices violate citizens fourth amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure.

According to The New York Times the ruling, in the case Floyd v. City of New York goes even farther:

To fix the constitutional violations, Judge Scheindlin of Federal District Court in Manhattan said she intended to designate an outside lawyer, Peter L. Zimroth, to monitor the Police Department’s compliance with the Constitution.

The decision to install Mr. Zimroth, a partner in the New York office of Arnold & Porter, LLP, and a former corporation counsel and prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office, will leave the department under a degree of judicial control that is certain to shape the policing strategies under the next mayor.


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