DOJ Backs Court Monitor If NYC Stop-and-Frisk Violations are Found


The U.S. Justice Department says a court monitor for the New York City Police Department would help implement reform should federal judge Shira Scheindlin find the city liable for systematic violations of the Fourth Amendment through its stop, question, and frisk anti-crime policing strategy, says the New York Law Journal.

“The experience of the United States in enforcing police reform injunctions teaches that the appointment of an independent monitor is a critically important asset to the court, the parties and the community in cases involving patterns or practices of unlawful conduct by law enforcement officials,” the DOJ Civil rights Division told Scheindlin. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have vehemently opposed a monitor. Scheindlin is writing an opinion after a 10-week bench trial.

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