Elected officials, advocates challenge NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices, call for changes
Plaintiffs behind the class-action suits challenging NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices are calling for changes in court monitorships.
It’s been eight years since a federal court ruled the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices were unconstitutional, and advocates are saying there are still not enough changes.
Community organizations and elected officials joined the plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuits and challenged the NYPD’s practices by filing a new motion to make changes and include community voices.
They’re asking the court to implement a community collaborative group that will provide input on the NYPD’s reform progress.
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams says that although the number of stop-and-frisk situations has decreased over the years, Black and LatinX New Yorkers are still being disproportionately stopped by police.
A study by the Legal Aid Society showed that New Yorkers of color made up 91% of all reported stop-and-frisk by the police department in 2020.
Advocates are also demanding that the people being policed are included in the conversation before proposed reforms are included in the conversation.
The NYPD declined to comment at this time.