The Broader Message of the Stop and Frisk Ruling

Court-ordered monitors and body cameras may work, but real change is an inside job.

, The National Law Journal


Federal district court Judge Shira Scheindlin's stunning 195-page opinion on August 12 about stop-and-frisk in New York City should be mandatory reading for every police commissioner and police chief in the United States.

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  • M. Alexander

    @Tim, I don't think the NYPD are stopping Arabs to frisk them, the article clearly states that they are targeting African American and Hispanics, whom are NOT terrorists who fly planes into buildings. So that argument is unjustified. My father a Korean War Veteran and a school Principal, wore a sport coat for years because he felt it would keep him from being killed by the police if he dressed a certain way. He is now 86, I don't think that anyone of any age should have to worry that the police are more of a danger to you psychologically and physically than the criminals. 90% of searches finding nothing? Its a shame. @ Colorblind, I work with thousands of students daily and surprise white kids buy and listen to hiphop more than black kids do, so lets not paint a broad brush here. If your expectations of young people are as low as you express, then they will live up to your expectations. I see students daily who come from single parent homes ( of all races btw) who end up graduating and going to college. But it takes caring adults to make a change in their lives. In MD, the police here in the schools mentor our youth, they don't stop and frisk them and harass them. They don't stop and frisk and harass citizens on the street.

  • Timothy O'Dea

    Some things not considered here by the distinguished author are the facts that 1) NYC was the target of those infamous terrorist attacks, the likes of which have not been seen on U.S.soil, and that random stopping and searching people became an accepted-and acceptable-practice to reduce threats of further attack, and 2) comparing NYPD's stop and frisk policies to LAPD's Ramparts scandal- where those police officers targeted and planted drugs on people-is unconscionable.

  • ColorBlindJustice

    Please, Professor C. That's a clown column, bro. The culture that needs changing is not that of the wonderful NYPD. The self-dooming culture that needs desperately to change -- before it's too late -- is the fatherless, murderous, hip-hop led culture of an increasingly uncompetitive and irrelevant black America.

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