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A federal judge ruled yesterday that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices “systemically” violated the constitutional rights of Bronx residents — but said it could continue with proper modifications.
Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered the NYPD to “immediately cease” stopping people outside Bronx apartments enrolled in a voluntary anti-crime program unless cops have “reasonable suspicion of trespass,” in a massive 157-page decision.
The ruling followed testimony last year by four black and Latino Bronx residents who said they were wrongly stopped by cops outside their own homes under the 21-year-old Trespass Affidavit Program, — also known as “Clean Halls” — which allows police to patrol private buildings with a landlord’s consent.
Scheindlin said she is “not ordering the abolition or even a reduction of [TAP], which appears to be a valuable way of using the NYPD’s resources to enhance [security],” she wrote.
Instead, cops will be expected to justify stop-and-frisk encounters beyond saying an individual was suspicious or “furtive.”
The NYPD already changed many of its stop-and-frisk policies last year, after the suit was filed.