Stop-And-Frisk: NYPD Facing Federal Takeover
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

stop and friskThere’s a lot riding on U.S. Court Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling in the civil trial against the New York Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” policy.

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday notified city officials that it plans to ask Scheindlin for federal oversight of the NYPD if she rules the policing tactic is unconstitutional, the New York Daily News reports.

The Justice Department’s announcement comes after a 10-week federal civil trial on the NYPD’s practice of stopping people they suspect of unlawful activity and frisking them for concealed weapons.

Although Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials support the policing tactic as a crime deterrent, opponents say “stop-and-frisk” is a license for racial profiling and a violation of Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

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Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.