Judge Rules 'Stop and Frisk' Unconstitutional
She appoints independent monitor to watch NYPD
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2013 8:57 AM CDT
In this Sunday June 17, 2012, file photograph, the Rev. Al Sharpton, center, walks with demonstrators during a silent march to end the "stop-and-frisk" program in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – The NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk policy violates New Yorkers' Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure, a federal judge declared today. Judge Shira A. Sheindlin said she would appoint an independent lawyer to monitor the NYPD and ensure it didn't continue the policy, or otherwise behave unconstitutionally. The New York Times believes that additional judicial oversight will shape the policing tactics of the next mayor.

While the Supreme Court has long held that police have the authority to stop people who are acting suspiciously, Sheindlin ruled that police didn't have reasonable suspicion in most stop-and-frisk incidents. As evidence, she cited the fact that 88% of stop-and-frisk targets were released without so much as a ticket being issued.

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Aug 12, 2013 11:24 PM CDT
Since when does the constitution matter. Obama, Congress and the SCOTUS tromp all over it all the time. If Obama were held to Constitutional standards and his actions measured against the oath he took as a Senator and again as President (Twice, by the way) he would be removed from office for violating his oath (at the least) ad possibly be indited as a Domestic Enemy of the Constitution. The violation you tolerate today will bite you in the butt tomorrow. You are losing your freedom and cheering like disinterested spectators. People bled to give us these freedoms. They are much easier to lose than they are to gain (let alone regain.)
Aug 12, 2013 11:04 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD .... Stop and Frisk unconstitutional .. BUT? She did say the cops could stop and frisk those who act suspiciously, like those guys wearing hoodies .. and their pants .. "on the downlow" Yea, those type people are gangbangers............................ REALLY?
Aug 12, 2013 3:06 PM CDT
Next, Lets go after the forfeiture laws.