Stop and Frisk Settlements Deserved by More Than Nine People, Says New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer


The New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk procedure has been called a civil rights violation by a number of organizations and individuals including the New York Civil Liberties Union and New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman.

Now, according to the New York Daily News, this controversial stop-and-frisk practice has led to nine settlements totaling more than $150,000. The plaintiffs claimed they were stopped on Housing Authority property because they were black or Hispanic, and not because they were doing anything illegal or wrong.

Said Perecman, a New York civil rights violation lawyer for over 30 years,“Racial profiling is a civil rights abuse which the New York Police Department must put a stop to or it may cost the city millions in lawsuits."

The Fourth Amendment of the US Bill of Rights forbids unreasonable search and seizure. This means a stop-and-frisk practice based on racial profiling and not illegal activity is a civil rights violation in New York and the rest of the United States.

Last July, The New York Times published evidence of racial profiling by the NYPD. A comprehensive study of the stop-and-frisk policy demonstrated that the NYPD has indeed been targeting specific working class and largely minority neighborhoods in New York City - a New York civil rights violation.

“The Fourth Amendment requires the existence of probable cause, which is a significantly higher standard than reasonable suspicion or a hunch,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer Perecman.

A larger suit over the stop and frisk searches in New York remains ongoing. The suit seeks compensation for other individuals and to have stop and frisks announced unconstitutional.

New York civil rights violation lawyers are following this case closely.

Individuals with civil rights violation complaints against the NYPD should seriously consider hiring a New York civil rights violation lawyer with the experience to take on the police department.

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