Closing arguments made in stop & frisk trial

The Floyd vs. the City of New York trial is coming to a close after more than nine weeks of testimony. Many witnesses have testified

Critics of the stop and frisk tactic say it discriminates against minorities.

Critics of the stop and frisk tactic say it discriminates against minorities. (5/20/13)

NEW YORK - Closing arguments in the civil rights trial against the NYPD's controversial stop and frisk were made today.

The Floyd vs. the City of New York trial is coming to a close after more than nine weeks of testimony. Many witnesses have testified in court including those who say they were wrongly stopped by police.

The case originated in the Bronx when a man named David Floyd filed the civil suit. Eleven other plaintiffs who were also stopped and frisked have told the judge they feel unfairly targeted because of their race.

Critics of the tactic say it discriminates against blacks and Hispanics, claiming the practice violates their rights. More than 5 million stops have been made in New York in the past decade, with about 10 percent resulting in arrests.

On the other hand, NYPD officials have testified defending the policy, saying the tactic has helped keep murder rates at a record low in the city. The NYPD says they target crime ridden neighborhoods to search for suspects on the loose, who just happen to often be blacks and Hispanics.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the policy in a speech on April 30, crediting the police tactic for reduction in crime.

The judge has given both sides three weeks to submit post trial briefs and then she'll make her decision.
 

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