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Legal News
7 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] New York City on Wednesday formally dropped [motion, PDF] the city's appeal of rulings in lawsuits [CCR backgrounder] involving the New York Police Department's (NYPD) [official website] use of stop-and-frisk tactics. Mayor Bill De Blasio's [official website] administration agreed to end the lawsuit against the NYPD after reaching a … [read more]


Features
8 Apr 2014

Whether or not programs like New York's Stop-Question,-and-Frisk (SQF) are within the bounds of the U.S. Constitution is the primary challenge facing such programs. Similar programs, that have faced similar challenges and criticisms, exist in Newark, Philadelphia, and other cities. These challenges, epitomized through the high-profile and ongoing Floyd, et … [read more]


Features
8 Apr 2014

In 1999, unarmed Amadou Diallo was shot and killed by the New York City Police Department's Street Crimes Unit. His death incited community outrage on the issue of policing and race. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a nonprofit legal organization devoted to defending constitutional rights, brought a suit against … [read more]


Features
8 Apr 2014

Stop, Question and Frisk is a proactive policing program, in which police officers use personal discretion in detaining individuals based on suspicion of felonious behavior. Recent claims of prejudice raised against the New York City Police Department are rooted in substantive law passed during the Civil Rights Era. Supporters of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier of the CUNY School of Law argues that public opinion and litigation worked together to protect the constitutional rights of individuals in recent suits regarding New York's stop-and-frisk law ...During the tumultuous year of 1968, a few days after the funeral of Robert F. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] On Friday, a group of police unions filed a motion to block Mayor Bill de Blasio's [official website] proposed settlement and removal of former mayor Michael Bloomberg's [BBC profile] appeal of the stop and frisk policy. The motion was filed [AP report] in the US Court of Appeals for … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio [official profile] dropped former mayor Michael Bloomberg's [BBC profile] appeal [JURIST report] on Friday to the judge-ordered reform [JURIST report] of New York's stop-and-frisk program. Police Commissioner William Bratton supported [Huffington Post report] de Blasio's decision to drop the appeal. Bratton believes … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [text, PDF] a lower court ruling that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) [official website] stop and frisk program [text] program was carried out in a discriminatory manner. The court refused to throw out … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official website] on Saturday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] to vacate the decisions of US District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, who ordered sweeping changes to the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website]stop-and-frisk program [text]. It … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday blocked [order, PDF] changes to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) [official website] stop-and-frisk procedures. The ruling specifically denounced the decision of district court Judge Shira Scheindlin, who initially ordered the changes, stating that the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A French court on Wednesday held that ID checks are legal under French law and are not discriminatory. The case was brought [AP report] by 13 individuals from minority groups who were subject to ID checks, requesting €10,000 (USD $13,000) in compensation for each. In addition, they sought to … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Edwar Estrada, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2014, is the author of the third article in a 10-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Estrada explores the implications of New York City's stop and frisk practices and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Sep 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] New York City's motion to stay her order regarding the New York City Police Department (NYPD) [official website] 'stop-and-frisk' [JURIST report] policy. Judge Shira Scheindlin initially ruled [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly [official websites] filed an answer [text, PDF] on Tuesday admitting that the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] spied in mosques and on a Muslim preacher but requesting that the court dismiss the complaint. The lawsuit was … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official website] filed suit [complaint, PDF] on Tuesday against the New York City Council [official website] in an effort to overturn recently-enacted legislation relating to the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] stop-and-frisk program [text]. The legislation at issue, Local Law 71 … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website; JURIST news archive] has secretly launched at least a dozen terrorism investigations into mosques since the 9/11 attacks [JURIST backgrounder], the Associated Press reported [text] Wednesday. By designating mosques as "terrorism enterprises," the AP claims the NYPD allowed police to spy … [read more]


Professional Commentary
21 Aug 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Samar Warsi of the Muslim Civil Liberties Union says that police should not be permitted to perpetually contravene the strictures of the Fourth Amendment...A federal judge ruled earlier this week that the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practices are unconstitutional. To be clear, stop-and-frisk practice has not … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] stop-and-frisk policy violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments [text]. The use of the "stop-and-frisk" tactic was popularized during the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] Rights groups filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Tuesday accused the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] of unlawfully targeting Muslims for surveillance. The rights group allege that the NYPD has been sending spies into mosques, student associations and other places to gather information based solely on … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Randolph M. McLaughlin (pictured) and Jonathan A. Jarrell of Pace Law School say stop-and-frisk tactics contribute to a distrust of police and a lack of cooperation in criminal investigations...For years, New York City police officers have practiced a crime prevention method in which they stop, question and … [read more]

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