OVERSIGHT | The New York Police Department’s 26th Precinct in Manhattanville. Local politicians applauded a decision by a federal judge that appointed a monitor of the department. BY CASEY TOLAN, AVANTIKA KUMAR,?Spectator Senior Staff Writers,?August 12, 4:14pm
A federal judge ruled on Monday that the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk policy violated the constitutional rights of minorities, a major victory for Upper Manhattan politicians, who have unanimously opposed the controversial tactic.
While Judge Shira Scheindlin did not order the end of the controversial practice, in which police officers stop people they suspect may commit a crime and frisk them for illegal weapons or drugs, she appointed lawyer?Peter Zimroth, CC ’63, as a federal monitor for the NYPD, and called for several other checks on the department.