New York City police unions are arguing that they should have the right to continue the appeal of a federal judge’s 2013 ruling that deemed unconstitutional the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy.
Lawyers for the unions are due to appear before US appeals court judges on Wednesday, according to AP, where they will counter a previous ruling that said the unions did not ask soon enough to be included in the lawsuit against the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy, found to have disproportionately targeted minorities throughout the city.
Last August, a federal judge ruled that the NYPD’s 4.4 million stops from 2004 to 2012 – of which 80 percent were of black or Hispanic individuals who made up more than half of total frisks – were done in violation of the Fourth Amendment and singled out targets for their race, violating the Fourteenth Amendment. A lawsuit filed in 2004 by four men, all minorities, became the class action case against stop-and-frisk.
The racial profiling associated with the program created much animosity between city communities and the police department.
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