Chocolate City is following the final arguments of the class action lawsuit taking place in Manhattan, NY. The two months racial profiling trial is set to conclude today. The federal class action trial involves the City of New York’s stop-and-frisk policy.
Plaintiffs in Floyd v. City of New York claim the New York Police Department (NYPD), its supervisors and its union pressured police officers to stop, question and frisk hundreds of thousands of people each year, even establishing quotas. According to the lawsuit, 88 percent of the stop and frisk involved blacks and Hispanics young men.
Also, last year, Hadiyah Charles, a Brooklyn Grassroots Activist Sued NYPD claiming ‘shocking abuse of power,’ after she was arrested and jailed for using her smartphone to film two police officers allegedly stopping and frisking black teenagers.
On March 9th 2013, Kimani Gray, a 16-year-old also known by the nickname "Kiki" was shot 7 times, mostly in the back. Gray was shot and killed in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The shooting drawn national attention to “stop and frisk”, and random traffic stops to initiate vehicle searches or warrant checks.
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