Stop-and-Frisk Violated Constitution

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18:  New York CIty Police officers stand near a demonstration against the city's "stop and frisk" searches in lower Manhattan near Federal Court March 18, 2013 in New York City. Hearings in a federal lawsuit filed by four black men against the city police department's "stop and frisk" searches starts today in Manhattan Federal Court. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

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    The New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers through its controversial stop-and-frisk policy, a judge ruled today. The NYPD’s practice of stopping and searching people not suspected of any crime—usually young minority men—has skyrocketed in the last decade. The judge ruled that the practice violates Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure, as well as the equal-protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. But the NYPD won’t have to end stop-and-frisk. Rather, the judge said the practice could continue under the oversight of an outside lawyer, who will make sure the department obeys the Constitution.

    But will continue with federal oversight.

    NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly called the ruling 'offensive.'

    Read it at The New York Times