Facing Monitor, NYPD Police “More on Edge;” Vera Chief to “Facilitate”


With the New York Police Department facing a federal monitor and two new measures designed to rein in stop and frisk, will the scrutiny cause officers to second-guess themselves on the beat? The Wall Street Journal asks that question, saying “police are more on edge as they go about their jobs.” Some said they are conducting fewer stops out of fear of being accused of racial profiling. Others report confusing signals from superiors and media reports about what the installation of a court-imposed federal monitor, a new inspector general and a bill banning racial profiling would mean. Officers said the new racial-profiling law, which the city is seeking to overturn, made them most apprehensive. “Everyone is scared about getting a lawsuit,” said one officer. Meanwhile, Law360 reports that Vera Institute of Justice President Nicholas Turner will serve as “facilitator” of the community-based process to develop long-term reforms, under an order from U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin.

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