In a stunning decision handed down yesterday by federal District Judge Shira Scheindlin, New York City police were deemed "guilty" of a Mayor Bloomberg-supported policy of "systematically stopping innocent people" in the streets of New York, the All Voices website reports today (August 13, 2013).
Judge Scheindlin said that the NYPD deliberately, purposely stopped and frisked thousands upon thousands of usually young black and brown men on the slimest of pretexts. They were supposedly looking for weapons, drugs, or other contraband.
According to the federal judge, New York City police held little regard for the U.S. Constitution's 4th Amendment prohibition against "unreasonable searches and seizures" by government agents.
Judge Scheindlin plans to appoint an "outside lawyer," Peter Zimroth, to monitor the NYPD's future compliance with this nation-state's Constitution. Zimroth is a former New York City corporation counsel and prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office.