One crime fighting tactic used by New York City Police is unconstitutional, a judge has ruled. The controversial policy of stop and frisk, which has led to a reduction in crime, unfairly profiles minorities. But instead of ordering an end to the practice, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the policy.
Scheindlin said the city police adopted a policy of “indirect racial profiling” by targeting racially defined groups for stops. The practice resulted in disproportionate, discriminatory stopping of blacks and Hispanics that the city’s highest officials “turned a blind eye” toward. “No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life,” Scheindlin wrote in her opinion.
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