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Rep. Jeffries Reacts To Appeals Court Stop And Frisk Decision

Brooklyn, NY – Today, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) released the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted a stay in the ruling established earlier this year by federal trial judge, Shira A. Scheindlin which found the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk program discriminatory and unconstitutional. The Second Circuit’s ruling also reassigns the case to another judge:

“The decision to stay the district court’s opinion declaring the police department’s stop and frisk program unconstitutional is an unfortunate departure from the long journey toward justice.  The NYPD has sanctioned racial profiling during this administration in ways that violate the Fourth Amendment.  Notwithstanding this judicial hiccup, communities victimized by the out of control stop and frisk program can at least take comfort that the apologists for this police tactic have to pack up by December 31.”