US judge says NYPD stop-frisk violates rights

US judge says NYPD stop-frisk violates rights

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department deliberately violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers with its contentious stop-and-frisk policy, and an independent monitor is needed to oversee major changes, a federal judge ruled today in a stinging rebuke for what the mayor and police commissioner have defended as a life-saving, crime-fighting tool. U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin said she was not putting an end to the policy, but rather was reforming it. She did not give many specifics on how that would work but instead named an independent monitor who would develop reforms to policies, training, supervision, monitoring and discipline. She also ordered that officers test out body-worn cameras in the police precinct where most stops occurred.

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