August 12, 2013

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NEW YORK – Today in Floyd v. City of New York, a federal judge ruled that the New York City Police Department's stop-and-frisk practices are unconstitutional.

Ezekiel Edwards, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Criminal Law Reform Project, said, "The ACLU celebrates today's decision by Federal Justice Shira Scheindlin declaring the NYPD's longstanding and widespread stop and frisk practices unconstitutional.

"As the decision exhaustively documents, the NYPD's stop and frisk policy clearly violated the 4th and 14th Amendments, subjecting millions of innocent New Yorkers – overwhelmingly Black and Latino – to unlawful searches through systemic racial profiling. We hope that today's decision, and the robust remedies the court has put in place, will mark the end to this dark chapter in the NYPD's history."

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