Pointing to a recent decision by U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, the New York Times published an editorial today calling for the City of New York to “ensure that police policies adhere to Fourth Amendment guarantees of freedom from unreasonable search and seizure” in public housing and not “belittle” the claims of LDF’s clients. The editorial highlighted the testimony of the president of a public housing resident leadership group, “who compared life in the public housing projects under stop-and-frisk to a “penal colony” where law-abiding parents are set upon by the police while going to the store to get milk and cookies for their children.”
Davis v. City of New York is the lawsuit challenging the NYPD’s stops and arrests of public housing residents and their guests for trespassing in public housing residences. LDF and The Legal Aid Society, as well as the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, represent the plaintiffs.
You can read the New York Times editorial here.