NYC mayor drops city’s appeal of stop-and-frisk ruling
NBC New York: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has filed court papers seeking to drop an appeal of a judge’s decision ordering major reforms to the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that New York City had reached an agreement with civil rights lawyers who had challenged the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices, which would allow the sweeping reforms ordered by a federal judge last summer to be carried out.
Those changes, which included the appointment of a federal monitor, were blocked last fall after the Bloomberg administration appealed the judge’s rulings, which found that the city’s stop-and-frisk policies were unconstitutional and that the department had resorted to “a policy of indirect racial profiling.”
The judge, Shira A. Scheindlin of Federal District Court in Manhattan, had ruled that the policy resulted in “the disproportionate and discriminatory stopping of blacks and Hispanics in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.”
But on Thursday, Mayor de Blasio, seeking to fulfill a long-stated campaign pledge that helped to propel his landslide victory, said his administration had taken a major step toward resolving the polarizing dispute that for years had strained relations between the police and minorities.
“We’re here today to turn the page on one of the most divisive problems in our city,” Mr. de Blasio said in a news conference. “We believe in ending the overuse of stop-and-frisk that has unfairly targeted young African-American and Latino men.”
In announcing the agreement, Mr. de Blasio pledged a “commitment to fix the fundamental problems that enabled stop-and-frisk to grow out of control and violate the rights of innocent New Yorkers.”
The mayor, appearing with Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, chose a symbolic location to make his comments — the Brownsville Recreation Center in Brooklyn.
A 2010 report in The New York Times found that the highest concentration of police stops in the city had occurred in a roughly eight-block area of Brownsville that was predominantly black.
I’m writing to express my deep anger and concern about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music where you spoke yesterday.
I thought an event billed as Angela Davis speaking and introducing a film on political prisoners was a safe place to take my Black daughters, ages 9 and 4, to learn some of their history.
Instead, we walked into an Obama-Bill de Blasio political rally where the new police commissioner, William Bratton, was invited on stage to push the new administration’s stop and frisk facelift.
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that Bratton is one of the architects of the stop-and-frisk racial profiling policy, or that many young people of color were killed during his first reign as New York Police Commissioner under Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 1990s. As you know, Bratton has since been spreading his racial profiling campaign around the country, most recently in Los Angeles and Oakland.
At yesterday’s event, several Democratic Party politicians gave backslapping and self-congratulatory speeches. Some barely mentioned Dr. King. Needless to say, there was no mention of the many political prisoners held in this country or the epidemic of mass incarceration of youth of color.
Police Commissioner Bratton taking the stage was the last straw for me. My children and I left the hall in protest. Afterward, we were tailed for several blocks by the armed, white police who surrounded this event attended overwhelmingly by Black people.
As a longtime anti-racist and anti-police brutality activist, inspired in large part by your life and struggles, I would have tried to seize the stage and take the mic from Bratton if I had not had the responsibility of my children’s safety.
I was left angry and shaken by the experience.
I feel sure that you were unaware of the situation you walked into. But I appeal to you now to make a public statement of protest at the way your name, the plight of political prisoners, and Dr. King’s holiday were shamelessly manipulated and exploited by the New York political establishment and the management of BAM.
I am very disappointed that my daughters did not have the opportunity to hear you speak, and I hope they will do so under better circumstances.
now they’re literally trying to convince people to reinstate stop and frisk and continue mass incarceration cause one cop got shot in nyc but all these black people and others dying at the hands of wild ass cops and they’re not changing shit on any of their behalf -_-