Bloomberg Rushes to Keep Stop-Frisk Alive in NYC
Many rejoiced when they learned that the seeds of the police state in the largest city in the country were being killed. Unfortunately, as long as Michael Bloomberg is mayor, there’s always going to be a chance that it will pop back up again. In the case of stop-frisk, Bloomberg is doing what it takes to keep the racial profiling, police-intimidation practice alive and well.
Last month, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin was removed from the case for low-level judicial activism (only the big boys behind the bench can be activists, right?) by a federal appeals court. They also blocked her ruling. Yesterday, attorneys for the city asked the appeals court to vacate Sheindlin’s decision.
“At a minimum, the District Court’s misconduct makes it reasonable to question the impartiality of the District Court Orders, and at a maximum represents a violation of Appellant’s Due Process rights to a neutral arbiter and to present a defense,” the filings said. “In either case, the District Court Orders must be vacated.”
Bill de Blasio will try to change that when he assumes office on January 1, but Bloomberg is rushing through the court system to lock in as much of his favorite pet project as possible. The results have been unquestionable; violent crime is down in the city. The methods have been very much in question, so much so that de Blasio spent as much of his campaign on limiting stop-frisk as he did on the standard rhetoric of raising taxes on the rich.
There is very little doubt that stop-frisk will be limited in some way once de Blasio assumes office, but if Bloomberg is able to get the appeal in before then, the new leadership will have to start from scratch.
According to ABC News:
Stop and frisk has been around for decades. To make a stop, police must have reasonable suspicion that a crime is about to occur or has occurred, a standard lower than the probable cause needed to justify an arrest. Only about 10 percent of the stops result in arrests or summonses, and weapons are found about 2 percent of the time.
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