NYPD's Controversial 'Stop and Frisk' Policy Ruled
A Manhattan Federal Court judge has ordered police stop
making trespass stops outside private residential buildings
immediately. The tactic was decried by some as infringing on
By Robert Gearty and Stephen Rex Brown
January 8, 2013
New York Daily News
A key part of the NYPD's controversial "stop and frisk"
tactic has been ruled unconstitutional.
Manhattan Federal Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered
police to refrain from making trespass stops outside private
residential buildings - even though the landlord has given
officers permission to do so as part of the NYPD's "Clean
"While it may be difficult to say when precisely to draw the
line between constitutional and unconstitutional police
encounters such a line exists, and the NYPD has
systematically crossed it when making trespass stops outside
buildings," Scheindlin wrote in a 157-page ruling.
The New York Civil Liberties Union argued in an eight-day
hearing in October that "Clean Halls," which exists only in
the Bronx, leads to people being hassled by cops and
sometimes cuffed near their own abode for no legitimate
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