Stop and Frisk: The Legal and Policy Issues featuring CCR Senior Staff Attorney Darius Charney


Add to My Calendar Thursday, October 10, 2013


CCR Senior Staff Attorney Darius Charney will speak on a panel about the recent Floyd v. City of New York class action lawsuit and decision. Dialogue will include responses to questions about what constitutes reasonable suspicion, unlawful discrimination, disparate treatment by police, and more.

What: STOP AND FRISK: The Legal and Policy Issues panel
Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law
Thursday October 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public, and RSVP is required.

RSVP online here.


Darius Charney (Center for Constitutional Rights)
Kent Greenawalt (Columbia Law School)
Celeste Koeleveld (NYC Corporation Counsel)
Nicola Persico (Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management)
Stephen J. Schulhofer (NYU School of Law)
S. Andrew Schaffer (NYU School of Law; formerly general counsel, NYPD)
Moderated by Professor Samuel Estreicher (NYU School of Law)

Issues to be considered

  • Can the police stop motorists or pedestrians without reasonable suspicion? 
  • What constitutes reasonable suspicion?
  • If police stops disproportionately affect a particular minority group, is that illegal discrimination, without more?
  • What is the appropriate comparison for determining disparate treatment? 
  • If the police are targeting particular high-crime areas, should the comparison be to the racial composition of those areas or to the larger community?
  • How can police discretion be appropriately limited without losing crime-deterring effect?
  • How should police stops in a public housing project be treated?
  • If police stops do not result in significant arrests, should that lead to curbing such stops?


Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration
NYU Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society
Black Allied Law Students Association
NYU Law School Chapter of the Federalist Society

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October 3, 2013