U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled the New York City Police Department’s stop and frisk practice to be unconstitutional this week. The judge found the practice to unfairly target minorities. Judge Scheindlin ordered the department to hire an independent overseer to monitor police tactics. Additionally, the judge ordered that officers to wear cameras to record their actions. Stop and frisk allowed police to detain, interrogate and search people on the street without any genuine cause or reason.
Police found stop and frisk policies expedient and are disappointed with the decision. The tactic worked for police because on some occasions those stopped were found to be carrying weapons or drugs and they’d otherwise need a warrant from a judge to conduct a search.