A judgeâ€™s ruling Wednesday on a request to authorize a class action lawsuit over the New York Police Departmentâ€™s (NYPD) use of â€œstop-and-friskâ€ searches could see more than 1 million people line up to file claims against the department for violating their constitutional rights.
While itâ€™s not likely to attract that many plaintiffs, people who were illegally searched in New York City any time after January 5, 2005 are eligible to join the lawsuit. […]
â€œThe Court has rightly recognized that illegal stops-and-frisks are not limited to a few rogue police officers but are the product of a program designed at the highest level of the police department and affect hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of New Yorkers,â€ Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Darius Charney explained in a prepared statement. â€œAs a result of todayâ€™s ruling, all those for whom this practice is a daily reality will now have an opportunity to challenge it as a violation of their fundamental constitutional rights and to ask the Court to order real changes in NYPD stop-and-frisk policy.â€
Of course, assuming that the lawsuit is successful, it’s the taxpayers who pay and the lawyers to get paid, but still, it has a chance to force change in a department (and Mayor) who clearly are uninterested in considering the existence of Fourth Amendment rights for brown (or poor) people.