(VOCAL Civil Rights Organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo responded to the disappointing news on October 31st that a federal appeals court granted a stay of Judge Scheindlin’s Floyd ruling ordering reforms to address the unconstitutionally and racially biased application of stop and frisk by the NYPD. )
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It took a stay – issued Thursday – from a federal appeals court to suspend the various departmental reforms laid out in judge Shira Scheindlin’s August ruling, citing her impartiality.
“Any fair person who listens to what the judge listened to would come up with the same verdict,” said Alfredo Carrasquillo.
The good news, says Alfredo Carrasquillo of Vocal NY, is the appellate court did not question the merits of Scheindlin’s decision.
“These stop-and-frisks are unconstitutional, they’re racist. They target young black and Latino youth, and it something needs to be done about it,” said Carrasquillo.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams – who helped spearhead the fight to change the NYPD’s tactics — says he is not discouraged.
“We have a commissioner and a mayor, and police unions who continue to move forward on something that everyone knows is wrong, has been ineffective, and is unconstitutional – except them,” said Williams.
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