September 17, New York – In response to today’s ruling in Floyd v. City of New York, a federal class action lawsuit challenging the NYPD’s stop and frisk practices, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:
The court has correctly recognized that thousands of New Yorkers whose rights are violated regularly by the NYPD’s stop and frisk practices – and not the City itself – are the ones who would be harmed by this latest attempt to delay reforms. After more than a decade of unconstitutional and racially discriminatory police practices, overwhelming legislative support for changes, and a massive mobilization by affected communities, it is long past time for the City to end its resistance and participate in making those changes. If Mayor Bloomberg truly seeks a police force that serves New Yorkers, here is his opportunity—come to the table and help make it a reality.
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.