Judge says Stop & Frisk unconstitutional but can continue

US federal judge found New York City’s police department violated the civil rights of thousands through its stop and frisk policy. In 2012, police stopped and frisked 533,042 people on the streets of New York, up from about 115,000 in 2002, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23672901 She did not order an end to the policy, but instead appointed an independent monitor to reform the practice.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would appeal the ruling anyway.
About 87% of those stopped were black or Hispanic. Only 10% of searches reportedly result in arrests.
Paperwork by police alone showed at least 200,000 of 4.4 million stops between 2004-12 were made without reasonable suspicion.
“The city and its highest officials believe that blacks and Hispanics should be stopped at the same rate as their proportion of the local criminal suspect population,” she wrote in her opinion.
“But this reasoning is flawed because the stopped population is overwhelmingly innocent, not criminal.”

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