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NYPD's Controversial 'Stop and Frisk' Policy Ruled
 Unconstitutional

 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
 civil liberties.

 By Robert Gearty and Stephen Rex Brown

 January 8, 2013 
 New York Daily News
 
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-controversial-stop-frisk-policy-ruled-unconstitutional-article-1.1235578 

 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
 Halls" program.

 "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
 reason.

To read more, go to 
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-controversial-stop-frisk-policy-ruled-unconstitutional-article-1.1235578

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