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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lawsuit alleges NYPD violated civil rights by entering private buildings

New York's 'Stop and Frisk' program is a blatant violation of civil liberties. Bloomberg's Gestapo just doesn't stop folks on the streets for no earthly reason except to terrorize them, his storm troopers enter buildings and homes in search of victims, most of whom are black or brown.
Suit filed on behalf of 13 black and Latino New Yorkers says stop-and-frisk extension program has left them living in fear...The New York City police department is facing a federal class action lawsuit over the expansion of its controversial stop-and-frisk program into residential buildings largely populated by African Americans and Latinos. On Wednesday the New York Civil Liberties Union, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and The Bronx Defenders set their sights on Operation Clean Halls, an element of the department's stop-and-frisk program that allows police officers to conduct patrols inside thousands of residential buildings throughout the city. Filed on behalf of 13 black and Latino New Yorkers and a class of similarly situated individuals, the suit accuses the NYPD of systematically violating the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. The suit is the third major legal challenge to the department's stop-and-frisk program in the last five years. The plaintiffs include several mothers and their teenage children. They claim the program regularly leads to unwarranted stops, harrassment and trespassing arrests in the their own buildings and the buildings of their friends and family. Residents say the frequency of police stops has caused loved ones to stop visiting and has left them feeling isolated and fearful, as though they are living under siege. They claim that they are afraid to leave their homes – even on simple errands – without identification because an encounter with a police officer in their building could lead to an arrest.
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