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Fed Ct. Rejects NYC Effort to End Public Housing Residents' Challenge to Illegal Trespass Stops and Arrests

Friday, October 5, 2012

UPDATED 10/08/2012: The New York Times calls for New York City to settle illegal public housing arrests case.

Yesterday, a federal court rejected the City of New York's and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)'s attempt to dismiss claims that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is wrongfully stopping and arresting public housing residents and guests for trespassing.  Instead, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin declared that Davis v. City of New York, the lawsuit filed by NYCHA residents and visitors through their attorneys the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. and The Legal Aid Society, raises "consequential" questions of whether NYPD officers are "violating the rights of the very residents (and guests) whom they seek to protect."

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