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NYPD's use of stop and frisk is unconstitutional, judge rules

Queens Chronicle

The Police Department's use of stop and frisk is an unconstitutional violation of the rights of minorities, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday.

The police are indirectly racially profiling by stopping minorities at a much higher rate than whites, Judge Shira Scheindlin said, according to multiple published reports.

Scheindlin has for months been hearing a case brought by several people who contend they were wrongly stopped.

New York City mayor vetoes bills to limit stop-and-frisk policy


Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday vetoed two measures meant to curb the city's controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy, setting up a likely showdown with the City Council.

Bloomberg called the bills dangerous and irresponsible and said they would make the city less safe.

One measure would create an independent inspector general to monitor the New York City Police Department. The other would expand the definition of racial profiling and allow people who believe they have been profiled to sue police in state court.

Protestan en NYC por veto de ley para supervisar a la Policía

La manifestación fue contra el alcalde Michael Bloomberg y su oposición a la Ley de Seguridad de la Comunidad, aprobada por el Concejo de la ciudad

Nueva York - Organizaciones de derechos civiles, políticos y ciudadanos protestaron ayer contra el veto del alcalde de Nueva YorkMichael Bloomberg, al proyecto de ley que supervisaría a la Policía para evitar las detenciones y cacheos que se realizan por un perfil racial, especialmente a afroamericanos y latinos.

Mayor Bloomberg Vetoes NYPD Oversight Bills

Staten Island Advance

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vetoed both components of the Community Safety Act, which would establish an Inspector General for the NYPD and tighten racial profiling laws.

The mayor has long been opposed to the legislation and said he would veto the two bills after they passed at a late-night Council meeting last month. The act is comprised of two bills -- one relating to the Inspector General, which passed overwhelmingly, and one on racial profiling, which passed with exactly enough votes to override a mayoral veto.

Bloomberg vetoes NYC anti-stop-and-frisk bills

New York Daily News

Two politically charged New York City bills to rein in the NYPD’s use of controversial stop-and-frisk tactics were vetoed Tuesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
He slammed both bills — one to create an NYPD inspector general and another to allow people to sue over racial profiling by cops — as a boon to criminals and terrorists.

The “dangerous and irresponsible” measures “would make New Yorkers less safe,” he wrote in his veto message.

NYC mayor affirms right to influence City Council

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's billionaire mayor said Monday he has the right to use some of his personal fortune to garner support from City Council members on police reform bills he plans to veto.

The two bills passed by the City Council last week create an inspector general for the New York Police Department and make it easier for people who believe they have been racially profiled to sue the city. Bloomberg spent weeks first trying to prevent the passage of the bills, and is now trying to veto the legislation.

NYC mayor says police stop minorities ‘too little’ vs. suspect descriptions; critics lash out

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that police “disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little” as compared to murder suspects’ descriptions, sparking criticism from activists and some politicians in a city that has been immersed in a debate about law enforcement and discrimination.

An End to Stop-and-Frisk?

There’s something wrong when the number of young black men stopped by police in New York City exceeds the number of young black men actually living in the city
The Nation

In 2011 the number of young black men stopped by police in New York City exceeded the number of young black men actually living in the city. The vast majority of them had committed no crime.

Members of communities of color in New York City are also statistically more likely to be searched when stopped by the police, and more likely to be subjected to use of force than their white neighbors. This despite the fact that white people, when stopped, are twice as likely to be carrying a weapon.