In the broadest legal decision on the New York Police Departmentâs stop and frisk program yet, a federal judge ruled the program is unconstitutional and violates the Fourth Amendment and 14th Amendment.
In the broadest legal decision on the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk program yet, a federal judge ruled on Monday that the program is unconstitutional and violates the Fourth Amendment and 14th Amendment. According to the ruling, the city adopted a policy of indirect racial profiling.
The controversial program has led to 5 million stops of mostly black and Latino men since 2004. People stopped by police were found innocent 90 percent of the time, a statistic that led Judge Shira Scheindlin to note “the policy encourages the targeting of young black and Hispanic men based on their prevalence in local crime complaints. This is a form of racial profiling.”
In her ruling, Scheindlin ordered an independent monitor to ensure NYPD reforms its practices.
The program’s racial bias is staggering: Based on suspicion alone, police have stopped more young black men than the population of young black men in New York. Even so, Mayor Bloomberg has defended the program for disproportionately targeting whites and stopping minorities “too little.”
Bloomberg has already announced he will appeal the ruling.
After a month holed up in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor, has received temporary refugee status in Russia and left the airport, his lawyer said Thursday.
Members of a student activist group remained inside the Florida state Capitol Wednesday afternoon, determined to wait until they can ask Gov. Rick Scott (R) in person to revisit several state laws they say endanger youth of color around the state. Ciara…
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The Obama administration will suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh over concerns about safety problems and labor rights violations in that country’s garment industry, administration and Congressional officials said on Thursday. The White House has come under intense pressure to suspend trade privileges with Bangladesh after a factory building there collapsed in April, killing 1,129 workers, and after a factory fire there killed 112 workers last November.
More than a million people joined the protests late Thursday in the country’s biggest demonstrations yet, an uprising fueled by the angry rejection of politics as usual.
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - Jury selection begins on Monday in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 and then famously walked free for 44 days, triggering nationwide protests and calls for his arrest.
Annapolis, MD. - An Annapolis woman has filed a lawsuit in federal court against more than 200 people attorneys are calling pedophiles. Attorneys claim the men included in the lawsuit viewed child pornography featuring the woman’s children….
The dragnet approach to the wiretapping of AP is very chilling. Read the full letter here.
More than 50 media companies signed a letter of protest to the attorney general a day after learning about the Justice Department’s subpoena of Associated Press phone records.
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Suicides now exceed deaths from car crashes. And the middle-aged have seen the biggest increase in suicide rates.
Westerners horrified by the latest factory disaster would make matters worse by not buying clothing made in Bangladesh. The key to improved worker safety is law enforcement and worker empowerment.