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New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL
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NYSACDL Supports Call to Investigate NYPD Stop & Frisk Policy

October 24, 2011 – In response to recent news that an NYPD officer has been arrested for violating the civil rights of a black man whom he arrested on false charges, (Officer Accused of Civil Rights Violation, NYT, 10/17/11) NYSACDL joins the call for a federal investigation into the stop and frisk practices of the NYPD which disproportionately target African Americans and Hispanics.   NYSACDL President Kevin O’Connell’s Letter to the Editor was printed in today’s New York Times:

We support the call by the Times Editorial Board and several public officials (Manhattan Borough president Scott Stringer, State Senator Eric Adams City Councilmen Juumane Williams and Ydanis Rodriguez) for a federal investigation into the Stop and Frisk policies of the NYPD. The recent allegation that a Staten Island officer fabricated charges against a person of color after the individual protested being stopped for no reason, together with the disturbing statistics that the vast majority of those stopped by the NYPD are black or Hispanic, continue to raise troubling questions about the fairness of the these policies. Too many young men of color are being needlessly brought into the criminal justice system, only to come out with a criminal record, thereby limiting their future prospects. It is time for a in depth investigation of this situation which can only be done by the Federal government.