WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Police Department were dealt a major blow when a U.S. judge ruled that their longtime crime-fighting tactic is unconstitutional.
Reuters reports that the “stop-and-frisk” policy, where policemen can stop, question and frisk anyone that seems suspicious, is now illegal.
Bloomberg and the NYPD will appeal the ruling, where U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin called it “indirect racial profiling” and accused the city of having “turned a blind eye” to the city’s minorities and their rights.
She said, “No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life”.
Bloomberg responded in kind and stated, “People also have a right to walk down the street without being killed or mugged”. He insisted that NYC’s policy allowed the city to be a “poster child” for a safe and secure city. Bloomberg claimed that he has reduced city crime by 30% because of the policy.