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NY Times Investigation Exposes Police Practices

NY Times Investigation Exposes Police Practices, Extreme Racial Disparity in Profiling of Brownsville Neighborhood


Attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) will be
available today for comment on stops-and-frisks and other New York
Police Department (NYPD) policies and practices that rights groups say
have been implemented in an unconstitutional and racially discriminatory
way. CCR is currently suing the NYPD in a federal civil rights class
action lawsuit challenging the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practices, which
among other policing issues was the topic of a New
York Times article this morning

Through Floyd v. City of New York, which stems from CCR's
landmark racial profiling case, Daniels v. City of New York
that led to the disbanding of the infamous Street Crime Unit, CCR
procured over 10 years worth of the NYPD's own data on officer
stop-and-frisk activity. The data revealed that over 80 percent of NYPD
initiated stops are of Blacks and Latinos while Whites comprised only 20
percent; that nearly 90 percent of all stops uncovered no weapons,
contraband or evidence of criminal activity; that Blacks and Latinos are
more likely to be frisked after a NYPD-initiated stop than Whites; and
that Blacks and Latinos are more likely to have physical force used
against them during a NYPD-initiated stop than Whites.

CCR staff attorney Darius Charney is currently lead
counsel on Floyd v. City of New York. Prior to coming to CCR,
Mr. Charney litigated federal civil rights cases challenging various
aspects of New York City and New York State's child welfare and foster
care systems at Lansner & Kubitschek. He is a former law clerk to
the Honorable Deborah A. Batts, United States District Judge for the
Southern District of New York.

For more case information, visit the
or visit the Floyd, et al. v. City of
New York
, et al case page.

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. CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

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