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Monday, April 1, 2013
A federal court in New York rejected attempts by New York City and the New York City Housing Authority ("NYCHA") to prevent a case challenging the unlawful stops and arrests of public housing residents and guests for trespassing from proceeding to trial. Noting that the case arises in the context of “NYPD’s long history of biased stop, question, and frisk activity," Judge Shira A. Scheindlin declared that plaintiffs had provided “abundant evidence that adequate training, supervision, and discipline of officers who engage in vertical patrols in NYCHA buildings could have prevented the constitutional harms allegedly suffered by plaintiffs, but that the City chose not to” do so.
Read LDF's statement regarding the decision here.
Here is a link to Judge Scheindlin opinion.