NYPD Violated Rights With Stop and Frisk, Judge Rules

An outside monitor has been appointed to oversee changes to the policy.

Posted: 08/12/2013 09:23 AM EDT

A New York federal judge has ruled that the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practices violated the fourth and 15th Amendment rights of plaintiffs in the case of Floyd vs. City of New York.

Judge Shira Scheindlin did not order an end to the policy, but has instead appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the practice. 

The ruling "requires the NYPD to be even more proactive: proactive not only about crime control and prevention, but also about protecting the constitutional rights of the people the NYPD serves. The public interest will not be harmed by a permanent injunction requiring the NYPD to conform its practices to the Constitution," writes Scheindlin.

Peter L. Zimroth, a partner at the New York office of Arnold & Porter, LLP was named as the new monitor.

Lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice weighed in on the case in June and said an independent adviser should be put in place to oversee changes to the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk tactics. 


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