Judge Orders Broad Overhaul of NYPD Unconstitutional ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Program
“Blood will be on your hands, eagle”
A Federal Court finally ruled that the NYPD’s controversial Stop & Frisk program was unconstitutional. Judge Shira Scheindlin found Mayor Bloomberg’s crime-stopping baby violated the 4th (search/seizure) and 14th (equal protection) Amendments, because the searches were just too intrusive and often just too racist. New Yorkers replied “No Shit, Scheindlin.”
Unfortunately, Scheindlin didn’t kill Bloomberg’s Gestapo-and-Frisk altogether; but instead only ordered a complete overhaul to stop crapping on civil rights. Even if Bloomberg is right that most violent crimes are committed by minorities in high crime areas – just being a minority in a high-crime area doesn’t make someone an automatic suspect.
“It is impermissible for a police department to target its general enforcement practices against racially defined groups based on crime suspect data….Despite frequent and ongoing notice of troubling racial disparities in stops, the NYPD has long shown its lack of concern for racial profiling…In their zeal to defend a policy that they believe to be effective, they have willfully ignored overwhelming proof that the policy of targeting ‘right people’ is racially discriminatory and therefore violates the United States Constitution.”
Bloomberg swears the aggressive searches stopped violent crime and got guns off the street – but that’s mostly just a Minority Report guess. Fact is almost 90% of stop/frisks were conducted on blacks, Hispanics and Muslims — and only 6% of the total stops result in arrest. So 94% of the those pesky minorities were innocent but still subjected to the embarrassment, intrusion and molestation by NY’s finest.
As for those New Yorkers who think the searches weren’t such a big deal and they should continue as is…well, they’re white.
Read: Judge rules New York ‘stop-and-frisk’ program unconstitutional, orders broad overhaul | The Verge.
Read: Stop-and-Frisk Ruled Unconstitutional: A ‘Fair Trial’ for the NYPD? – The Daily Beast.