Stop-and-Frisk in New York City

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The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices raise serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and privacy rights. The Department’s own reports on its stop-and-frisk activity confirm what many people in communities of color across the city have long known: The police are stopping hundreds of thousands of law abiding New Yorkers every year, and the vast majority are black and Latino. An analysis by the NYCLU revealed that innocent New Yorkers have been subjected to police stops and street interrogations more than 4 million times since 2002, and that black and Latino communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics. Nearly nine out of 10 stopped-and-frisked New Yorkers have been completely innocent, according to the NYPD’s own reports. Stop & Frisk Facts, NYCLU.

Recent demonstrations by Stop Mass Incarceration Network, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, led by Mr. Carl Dix, is an organization that is building a movement to stop the injustice of mass incarceration and police brutality; and the racially biased policies and practices of the police, the courts and the U.S. legal system; by staging several demonstrations throughout New York City. Thes demonstration have proven to be very effective, because illegal Stop & Frisk has decreased by almost thirty percent. Stop Mass Incarceration Network, quite rightly, continues these demonstrations with Professor Cornel West’s support.

In the lawsuit, known as Davis v. The City of New York, one of three related cases involving stop-and-frisk that are moving through the federal courts. The New York City Police Department came under criticism for arresting people for trespassing in public housing, in recent years, often for little or no reason. The trespassing arrests are a variation on the city’s broader, and highly controversial, stop-and-frisk program. On Thursday, October 4, 2012, Judge Shira Scheindlin of Federal District Court in Manhattan added her voice to the chorus, ruling that a lawsuit challenging police arrest for trespassing in public housing could move closer to trial. The city had tried to have most of the plaintiffs’ claims dismissed.

The message here is clear: Instead of belittling the claims raised by the nine plaintiffs — eight of whom were arrested under questionable circumstances, some in buildings where they actually live — the city needs to settle these cases and ensure that its policies adhere to Fourth Amendment guarantees of freedom from unreasonable search and seizure. To understand what to do if you’re stopped by the police, please review, CARE’s latest publication.

Are you a victim of Police Misconduct, do you want to sue the NYPD, then please review the documents below provided by Figeroux & Associates. After reviewing the procedures outlined below, please call Figeroux & Associates, at 718-834-0190 for a free consultation, or complete Figeroux & Associates online request for a free legal consultation, all courtesy CARE.

Who Can I Sue?
Filing a Notice of Claim against a City, Town or Municipal Agency in New York.
A 50-h Hearing
Suing the City of New York Library Resources to Support a Notice of Claim


 

 

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