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Judge Rejects Stop and Frisk Policy

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A federal judge has ruled that the NYPD’s policy of Stop and Frisk is unconstitutional. Stop and Frisk is a policy in which police can stop a suspect on the street and frisk them without probable cause to arrest, if the police officer has a reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime. This policy was initially made constitutional by the decision in Terry v. Ohio. The NYPD has been doing this for the last few years under the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg. However, the new mayor , Bill deBlasio, does not agree with the stop and frisk policy and will not appeal the judge’s decision.

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