NYC's 'Stop-and-Frisk' Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

A federal judge said the policy has allowed police to unfairly target blacks and Hispanics.
2:37 | 08/12/13

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Transcript for NYC's 'Stop-and-Frisk' Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules
The federal judge's decision concludes that the city of New York is liable for violating the constitutional rights of New Yorkers for over the past decade. While she clearly states she is not ordering an end to stop and frisk. She is appointed independent monitor to ensure the stops are carried out legally. The monitor will work with BM YPD to develop sweeping reforms regarding the MI PDs policies training and supervision of stop and frisk. The monitor will conduct compliance reviews to ensure that the new reforms are being followed. Reports must be filed with the court every six months. And the monitor will also keep a close watch to ensured that race may only be considered where the stop is based on a specific. And reliable suspect description. -- -- -- -- Walk into the store you know walking on the back of my grandmother's house. Nicholas -- and other plaintiffs filed the suit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are stopped every year in questioned. 90% of -- stop for doing nothing wrong. In today's ruling the judge made clear that the new reforms must insure. That an officer have individualized. Reasonable suspicion that the person stopped has committed. Is committing worries about to commit a crime was -- gets woken from school. We stop it hits walking upstairs to their house -- -- helping kids from going to the store. Case police officer Gil Polanco who told his story about quota driven stop in Frist to Eyewitness News three years ago testified in the eight week long trial. He secret recordings of his supervisor demanding one arrested twenty stops per month. We're a key part of the -- -- A lot more than -- thing. City lawyers had argued that officers are already highly trained and supervised to conduct legal stop and -- The police commissioner has repeatedly credited the policy for the city's record low crime under the Bloomberg decade. We've had 51% decrease in murders in the city. And by far we are the lowest City Hall for murder. Now the judge is also ordering that the NYPD institute a pilot program. Where police officers on patrol will Wear body cameras to record all stop and frisk encounters she wants this done in the precinct -- the most stops have occurred. We should note -- we do expect sometime this afternoon to be hearing from both the police commissioner. And the night.

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