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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New York's Finest Warn of Gotham Crime Spiral After Court Ruling

The New York Post has loads on this.

See, "NYPD cops warn Gotham residents officers will become overly cautious with stop-frisk, predict crime hike."

And at the front page, "Cops could soon wear video cameras after stop-and-frisk ruling," and "Federal monitor tapped to rein in stop-and-frisk vows to work with cops: 'I'm a big supporter of law enforcement'."

And from the opinion pages, "Death wish, the sequel":

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This one will hurt: A federal judge took a powerful whack at New York City’s crime-fighting efforts in ruling against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies. If the judge’s ruling is allowed to stand, the price to the city will be incalculable. And the victims of her judicial caprice will overwhelmingly be our city’s poor and minority populations.

In a pair of decisions that ran 234 pages, Judge Shira Scheindlin found the stops of those people police deem suspicious unconstitutional. She blasted the NYPD for racial bias and for its “deliberate indifference to constitutional deprivations” of those who are stopped. Her remedies include a court-appointed monitor to institute the court-decreed reforms she believes necessary.

None of this comes as a surprise. Scheindlin has long been vocal about her opposition to stop-and-frisk. She has always harbored deep misgivings about the police. Even before the trial began, she cited “powerful evidence of a widespread pattern of unlawful stops” and blasted the NYPD’s “deeply troubling apathy toward New Yorkers’ most fundamental constitutional rights.”
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