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U.S. REP. GREGORY W. MEEKS: We are Now One Step Closer to Revoking the Illegal Practices of Stop-And-Frisk that have Amounted to Awful Attacks on our Communities

August 12, 2013
Press Release

 

August 12, 2013

U.S. REP. GREGORY W. MEEKS:  

We are Now One Step Closer to Revoking the Illegal Practices of Stop-And-Frisk that have Amounted to Awful Attacks on our Communities

JAMAICA, N.Y. – Today, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks issued the following statement on Judge Scheindlin’s ruling on the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Stop-and-Frisk tactic:

“I am encouraged by Judge Shira Scheindlin's ruling today finding that the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department violated the rights of minorities in New York.  I am pleased that the judge called for a federal monitor to oversee much needed reforms.  For years I have advocated on behalf of my community for an end to the many demoralizing and dangerous tactics that stop-and-frisk entails.  I will continue to advocate for broad reform and a final end to the breach of the constitutional rights of minority targets profiled as criminals when they have done nothing wrong. Judge Scheindlin noted that 88 percent of the stops result in no arrest or fine which further indicates that people are being unfairly targeted and searched based solely on preconceived notions that are overwhelmingly misguided and potentially endangering.  We are now one step closer to revoking the illegal practices of stop-and-frisk that have amounted to awful attacks on our communities.  I will not let up until rights are no longer violated.” [END]