Update: Cops Required to Use Cameras during Stop-and-Frisk

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Update on Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling that deemed New York’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy as unconstitutional:

Judge Shira Scheindlin issued a separate “remedies opinion” to ensure NYPD cops no longer violate New Yorkers’ constitutional rights during stops. She ordered to implement a pilot program requiring officers in one precinct in every borough to wear body cameras for a year. This targets officerswith the highest amount stops in 2012.

Cameras will provide an objective record of what happens during a stop as well as provide evidence for citizens who wish to file a complaint regarding a stop. The recordings may either confirm or refute the argument that stop-and-frisk promotes racial profiling. At the end of the year, NYPD will have to decide whether the costs of the body cameras outweigh the benefits.


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Ashley Powell
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