Subscribe   Contact   

Twitter       Facebook  

About         Archives





Powered by Squarespace

Support BW!

Racist Suspect Watch

free your mind!

Cress Welsing: The Definition of Racism White Supremacy

Dr. Blynd: The Definition of Racism

Anon: What is Racism/White Supremacy?

Dr. Bobby Wright: The Psychopathic Racial Personality

The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy)

What is the First Step in Counter Racism?

Genocide: a system of white survival

The Creation of the Negro

The Mysteries of Melanin

'Racism is a behavioral system for survival'

Fear of annihilation drives white racism

Dr. Blynd: The Definition of Caucasian

Where are all the Black Jurors? 

The War Against Black Males: Black on Black Violence Caused by White Supremacy/Racism

Brazen Police Officers and the Forfeiture of Freedom

White Domination, Black Criminality

Fear of a Colored Planet Fuels Racism: Global White Population Shrinking, Less than 10%

Race is Not Real but Racism is

The True Size of Africa

What is a Nigger? 

MLK and Imaginary Freedom: Chains, Plantations, Segregation, No Longer Necessary ['Our Condition is Getting Worse']

Chomsky on "Reserving the Right to Bomb Niggers." 

A Goal of the Media is to Make White Dominance and Control Over Everything Seem Natural

"TV is reversing the evolution of the human brain." Propaganda: How You Are Being Mind Controlled And Don't Know It.

Spike Lee's Mike Tyson and Don King

"Zapsters" - Keeping what real? "Non-white People are Actors. The Most Unrealistic People on the Planet"

Black Power in a White Supremacy System

Neely Fuller Jr.: "If you don't understand racism/white supremacy, everything else that you think you understand will only confuse you"

The Image and the Christian Concept of God as a White Man

'In order for this system to work, We have to feel most free and independent when we are most enslaved, in fact we have to take our enslavement as the ultimate sign of freedom'

Why do White Americans need to criminalize significant segments of the African American population?

Who Told You that you were Black or Latino or Hispanic or Asian? White People Did

Malcolm X: "We Have a Common Enemy"


Deeper than Atlantis
« 7 deputies from L.A. County sheriff's gang unit placed on leave | Main | Conflicted Prosecutor says No Charges for Pittsburgh Police Officers who Beat Unarmed Black Teen »

Challenge to Racist NYPD Stop & Frisk Approved for Class Action Status

New York Police Stop Every Young Black Man in the City…For Safety [MORE]

From [HERE] A lawsuit alleging racial bias in the New York Police Department’s so-called stop-and-frisk tactics will proceed under class-action status, clearing the way for thousands of potential plaintiffs to join the legal challenge.

The decision by Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan federal court also criticized the city’s “cavalier attitude” in response to claims police have conducted illegal searches.

Her ruling could dramatically expand a 2008 lawsuit filed by four individuals who claimed their constitutional rights had been trampled by the city’s effort to combat crime through stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking those suspected of street crimes.

Critics of stop and frisk, including the plaintiffs, have argued that the police tactic disproportionately targets Hispanic and African-American males. The lawsuit specifically alleges that the NYPD disproportionately targets black and Latino citizens without reasonable suspicion of a crime.

Judge Scheindlin wrote that the class-action status was designed “precisely for cases such as this,” in which “the vast majority of New Yorkers who are unlawfully stopped will never bring suit to vindicate their rights.”

Of the more than 685,000 stops conducted by NYPD officers last year, 168,126 of them — or almost 25%  – were of black men aged 14 to 24, according to a recent analysis by the New York Civil Liberties Union. That number exceeded the city’s population of black men in that age range.

The city has argued against the class-action status on the ground that the original plaintiffs “fail to identify an official policy, or its equivalent” in their lawsuit, according to the decision. The judge wrote that the city’s argument fails to acknowledge “overwhelming evidence that there in fact exists a centralized stop and frisk program that has led to thousands of unlawful stops.”

Judge Scheindlin reserved her sharpest criticisms for the city’s claim that a court order against the stop-and-frisk policy couldn’t guarantee an end to what the city described as “suspicionless stops.”

“First, suspicionless stops should never occur,” the judge wrote in reply. “Defendants’ cavalier attitude towards the prospect of a ‘widespread practice of suspicionless stops’ displays a deeply troubling apathy towards New Yorkers’ most fundamental constitutional rights.”

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly on Wednesday said he could not comment on lawsuit. He said simply that the class-action certification “is what it is.”

Darius Charney, a staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights and the lead lawyer in the 2008 lawsuit, welcomed the class-action ruling as a way to include anyone “for whom this practice is a daily reality”

“The court has rightly recognized that illegal stops-and-frisks are not limited to a few rogue police officers but are the product of a program designed at the highest level of the police department and affect hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of New Yorkers,” he said.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.