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November 21, 2014, New York – Today, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Executive Director Vincent…
November 21, 2014, New York – In response to yesterday’s announcement that, as part of…
Court Monitor to Oversee Reforms for Minimum of Three Years
July 30, 2014, New York – Today, federal District Judge Analisa Torres rejected the attempts of several police unions to intervene in Floyd v. City of New York, the landmark stop-and-frisk class action lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel Beldock, Levine & Hoffman and Covington & Burling in which the district court previously found the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices racially discriminatory and otherwise unconstitutional. The court ruled the Union’s request to intervene was filed years too late, given the significance and wide notoriety surrounding the case and that, in any event, the unions have no distinct interest as a bargaining unit in the court’s finding of liability against the City or in the joint remedial process ordered by the court.
In a separate ruling, the court accepted the agreement of the City and counsel for plaintiffs to drop the City’s pending appeal of the Floyd liability decision and proceed with the joint remedial process ordered by District Judge Shira Scheindlin in August of last year. The court accepted the parties’ proposed modification that the court-appointed monitor’s term will end in three years if the City achieves “substantial compliance” with court-ordered reforms. According to the agreement of the City and Floyd plaintiffs, the City will now move to withdraw the Bloomberg administration’s appeal from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.