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Federal Judge Halts "Stop and Frisk" in Bronx, N.Y.

Posted: Jan 10, 2013


New York U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction, prohibiting the New York Police Department's practice of stopping and frisking innocent people outside of private apartment buildings in the Bronx, one of five New York City Boroughs.

Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said the practice known as "Operation Clean Halls" placed most African American and Latino New Yorkers under siege in their homes in thousands of apartment buildings.

"The Latino and African-American communities have something to cheer about today as Judge Scheindlin recognized what our communities have long known: The NYPD routinely stops people of color without any reasonable basis, as we have demonstrated they do in front of Cleans Halls buildings," said Juan Cartagena, president of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the NYPD.

Judge Scheindlin ordered the police department to cease immediately its practice of unlawful trespass stops outside of "Clean Halls" buildings. In addition, Scheindlin outlined training and supervision remedies she will consider requiring the department to undertake after an additional hearing.

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