October 13, 2011
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Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin has given the go ahead to a lawsuit that challenged the city’s stop-and-frisk policies as biased, especially toward Blacks and Hispanics.

The plaintiffs claim that quotas prompt officers to stop suspects without cause, and that blacks and Latinos are unfairly targeted. The lawsuit also alleges that the NYPD has failed to properly train its officers in the policy. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, during the first half of this year, police stopped and frisked more than 300,000 people. A record number of stops last year sparked criticism that too many minorities were being harassed without charges. In response, NYPD officials say the policy reduces the number of shootings and murders in the city.

As a black man in New York, I have suffered on several occasion, what is now been termed “stop and frisk”. Once, when i was in the car with my now deceased dad, we got stopped and told to pull over. mind you i was only 12…. why they stopped us on the road? i do not know…Another time was while i was on my way back from work..this incident happened to be very much surprising, this is because as am a senior employee at a fashion company, i am supposed to dressed in vogue and as preppy as i can. however, this didn’t stop the cops frisking me and actually going through my book bag…

As an Englishman in New York, i can honestly say, that i have never suffer, in my 12 years in England, this kind of harassment in anyway in the English country, don’t get me wrong, i am not saying that there is no discriminating in the U.K. but i just never experienced this level of craziness. Upon further research of the issue, especially in New York City, it came to my knowledge that there are over 300,000 to 315,000 reported cases of stop & frisk each year and only less than 5% percent of these searches come up with anything.

statistics from rev

Also, there are no race barriers now, as the number of white males are increasing by the year. the reason this comes off as wrong is because many of they were stop while they were in supposed “black neighborhoods”. the idea that “black males” sell drugs and “white males” buy the drugs from the hood.

Now that the city is going through a lawsuit on the issue , one can only hope for some form of improvement on the issue. because at the end of the day, there is always so much the constitution can do…

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