The Corner

Judge Rules ‘Stop and Frisk’ Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that the New York City Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy is a “form of racial profiling” and that it is unconstitutional. However, Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling did not end the practice. She instead appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to it.

In her opinion, Scheindlin said the policy violates the Fourth Amendment because it leads to unreasonable search-and-seizures, which the department had been warned about since at least 1999. “The NYPD’s practice of making stops that lack individualized reasonable suspicion has been so pervasive and persistent as to become not only a part of the NYPD’s standard operating procedure, but a fact of daily life in some New York City neighborhoods,” she wrote.

Schneindlin wrote that minorities, mainly African Americans and Hispanics, were targeted at a higher rate than the crime rates for which the groups are responsible. She argued that it is “impermissible to subject all members of a racially defined group to heightened police enforcement because some members of that group are criminals.”

She appointed a former city lawyer and assistant district attorney who worked with the NYPD to oversee potential reforms.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD chief of police Ray Kelly have cited the policy as a major factor in lowering New York’s crime rates.

Most Popular

Education

George Packer Gets Mugged by Reality

Few journalists are as respected by, and respectable to, liberals as The Atlantic’s George Packer. The author of The Assassin's Gate (2005), The Unwinding (2013), and a recently published biography of Richard Holbrooke, Our Man, Packer has written for bastions of liberal thought from the New York Times Magazine ... Read More
Politics & Policy

CNN: Everything but the News

For a while, we thought MSNBC had temporarily usurped CNN as the font of fake news — although both networks had tied for the most negative coverage (93 percent of all their news reports) of President Trump’s first 100 days in office. A cynic would argue that CNN had deliberately given Trump undue coverage ... Read More
Film & TV

Brad Pitt’s Egotism Is Hurting His Movies

Ad Astra (“to the stars”) is a semi-silly low-serotonin remake of Apocalypse Now in space. A major difference is that Apocalypse Now was a director’s movie. This one, produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, is an actor’s movie. Guess which actor comes off amazing in it? Another difference is that Apocalypse ... Read More