Federal Judge Rules "Stop and Frisk" Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled New York's "Stop and Frisk" law unconstitutional. The Stop and Frisk policy is when a New York City police officer will stop a person if the officer suspects that person is in the process of (or may soon be) committing a crime. The policy permitted pat-downs if law enforcement felt as if they were in danger.

Mayor Bloomberg has said that this policy is the reason for the recent decline in crime but the federal judge disagrees stating that this is irrelevant when a law's constitutionality is being questioned. The section of the constitution called the "Equal Protection Clause" is part of the Fourteenth Amendment which says that no state shall deny any person within its jurisdiction equal protection of the laws of that state.

A third party will be appointed to review this law and make changes to this law that has been described as a "form of racial profiling" because most of the people allegedly stopped were African Americans and Hispanics.

For a fact sheet containing myths about the "Stop & Frisk" policy, please click here.