Judge, Shira A. Scheindlin of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that the police department’s “Clean Halls” stop-and-frisk program in the Bronx was unconstitutional. She wrote in her decision that the officers were routinely stopping people outside of New York City buildings without reasonable suspicion that they were trespassing.
“While it may be difficult to say where, precisely, to draw the line between constitutional and unconstitutional police encounters, such a line exists, and the N.Y.P.D. has systematically crossed it when making trespass stops outside TAP buildings in the Bronx,” Judge Scheindlin ruled.
There’s of course mixed feelings about this ruling and about the Clean Halls program.
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