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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
NYPD Stop and Frisk Policy Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled on Aug. 12 that the New York Police Department’s controversial policy of stopping and frisking people in high-crime areas is unconstitutional. But the judge did not say the practice must stop.   Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment Violations Judge Shira A. Scheindlin held that the NYPD’s practice violated both the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments because its searches and seizures were conducted without probable cause and were targeted at minorities, respectively. The case was argued in May and …

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Judge’s Decision Awaited in NYC Stop and Frisk Trial

Closing arguments wrapped up on May 20 in Floyd v. City of New York, the first trial to spotlight New York City’s controversial “stop and frisk” law enforcement program, which plaintiffs say amounts to unconstitutional racial profiling.   Data Indicated Problems Stop and frisk is a program used by the NYPD to stop, pat down, and question people who police believe are acting suspiciously. The stops peaked in 2011 at 700,000, according to ABC News, but dropped off in 2012 …

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Posted 2 years ago in Crime Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Judge Halts NYPD ‘Stop & Frisk’ in the Bronx

A federal judge on Jan. 8 put a temporary halt to the New York City Police Department’s controversial “stop and frisk” program as it applies to visitors and residents of a group of residential buildings in the Bronx. The buildings, which are privately owned, had been part of the Trespass Affidavit Program (TAP), in which property managers ask for increased police patrols to arrest trespassers. A plaintiff in the lawsuit, Ligon v. City of New York, is the mother of …

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New York May Further Decriminalize Marijuana

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging his state’s lawmakers to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana that are held in public view. And while the passage of such a law would be a significant development, it wouldn’t be the first marijuana decriminalization law in the Empire State. The New York legislature initially decriminalized possession of up to 25 grams of marijuana in 1977, reducing the punishment for first-time offenders to a simple $100 fine. But that law distinguishes between pot …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Richard Dahl  
Visiting NYC? Prepare to be Frisked

If you’re planning to visit New York in the near future, be prepared to be patted down by a cop for no reason whatsoever. That’s the message being sent to the general public by the Bloomberg administration in the form of recent statistics released by the city’s police department about its street-stop practices: 203,500 street stops during the first four months of 2012, up from 183,326 over the same period last year. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelley, speaking at a …

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