A federal judge has ruled that the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk strategy violates the constitutional rights of New Yorkers and amounts to “indirect racial profiling.”
Stop and frisk was a centerpiece of Mayor Anthony Silva’s Safe Streets plan. It was advocated by consultant William J. Bratton, brought here by the plan’s backers.
When I interviewed Bratton, he ho-hummed that stop-and-frisk was standard police practice. As did the NYPD, which Bratton used to head, and which dismissed abuse concerns as “a myth created by the media.”
The judge found the widespread stop-and-frisk of New Yorkers who weren’t doing anything wrong — mostly young male minorities – violated the Fourth Amendment.
“No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life,” the judge wrote.
Perhaps Stockton’s police leadership would have filtered out the NYPD’s excesses.
But Silva embraced Bratton’s policy of turning a blind eye to a policy that violated the principles of equality and subjected young Blacks and Latinos to “a demeaning an humiliating experience.”