City settles in stop and frisk case
by Andrew Shilling
Feb 05, 2014 | 453 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton
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Steps towards limiting the scope of the current stopping, questioning and frisking practices by the NYPD are underway, as New York City agreed to resolve the long-running legal battle.

Following the settlement in the Floyd vs. City of New York case, a court-appointed monitor will now serve for the next three years to oversee the NYPD’s reform of the controversial policy laid out by the Bloomberg Administration, and be required to report findings to federal court.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the agreement last week, calling the decision the beginning of a new era in rebuilding ties between the police and communities affected by the misuse of the procedure.

“This is a defining moment in our history,” de Blasio said. “It’s a defining moment for millions of our families, especially those with young men of color. And it will lay the foundation for not only keeping us the safest big city in America, but making us safer still.”

Newly reappointed police commissioner Bill Bratton, who once served under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani from 1994 to 1996, promised to abide by the city’s obligation and adhere to reform.

“We will not break the law to enforce the law,” Bratton said. “We are committed to fulfilling our obligations under this agreement as we protect and serve this great city.”

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a 22-year veteran of the NYPD, agreed that previous stop and frisk practices have created an unhealthy relationship between officers and the public.

“Alienating our communities, especially our young black and Latino men, is counterproductive to this fundamental goal,” Adams said. “We must mend the bond between law enforcement and the communities they serve. We must restore faith in our police department. We must make our brave officers and our men of color partners again.”

Blacks and Latinos made up nearly 90 percent, or over 3.8 million, of those stopped by NYPD officers under stop and frisk between 2002 to 2011, and just 88 percent were found in violation of the law, according to statistics from the Civil Liberties Union of New York State (NYCLU).

“I believe it’s the right path for the city to take at this time. It is critical that we restore trust and faith in every community in this city and begin to repair relationships,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “With effective community policing, New York can remain the safest big city in this country, while serving all of its residents with respect.”

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