On July 12th a federal court rejected New York City’s motion for summary judgment in a case that challenges the legality of NYPD tactics in the city’s public housing units. Last year the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and co-counsel form the Legal Aid Society filed a class action lawsuit against the City of New York and the New York Housing Authority, claiming that the NYPD was stopping and arresting NYCHA residents and visitors without sufficient legal basis and that these “vertical sweeps” discriminated against minorities. 

In last week’s decision the court found that “…Defendants have provided no ‘admissable evidence, statistics, or reports demonstrating that the violations articulated in the Complaint have been resolved’ let alone completely and irrevocably eradicated.”

With the City’s motion denied the case now moves toward trial.