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NY Daily News: NYPD stop-and-frisk policy in public housing leads to $150K in settlements

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk practice inside public housing has led to nine recent settlements, the Daily News has learned.

In February, the city agreed to shell out more than $150,000 to nine of 16 plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming they were illegally stopped on Housing Authority property because they were black or Hispanic, court documents show.

"I'm happy with the settlement. I hope it does help, but actually, it's still happening," said Hector Suarez, 56, who will get $5,001.00, according to court papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court.

The settlements stem from a January 2010 lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Legal Aid Society and the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rfkind, Wharton & Garrison.

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