New York, New York (PRWEB) December 05, 2013
The New York Police Department can stop suspects based on a description that includes race and they can still broadcast descriptions that include it, said a four-page internal document sent to all NYPD commands, reported [The New York Times (11.25.13). The memo clarified that while race can be a factor, it cannot be the only factor. If a victim describes a crime suspect by race, police officers also need to know more, like sex, clothing description and direction of travel, before making someone the subject of law enforcement action, clarified civil rights lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm.
The document, known as a “Finest Message,” will affect the NYPD’s stop and frisk program.
To avoid liability, said The New York Times, officers need to “adhere closely” to the rules and “demonstrate that probable cause for an arrest or the issuance of a summons existed or reasonable suspicion for a stop was present.”
“It has yet to be seen if the new department policies are too vague and open to too much interpretation,” said Perecman. “Unfair policing tactics are an affront to civil liberties.”
Of the 685,000 people stopped in 2011, 87 percent were black or Latino and of those individuals, 90 percent were innocent, meaning they were neither arrested nor ticketed, according to the [NYCLU.
“Racial profiling drives a wedge between police and their communities. Community members need to be treated as partners, not enemies,” said Perecman.
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including discrimination or racial profiling can contact New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm at http://www.perecman.com.
The New York Times article cited is “Officers Are Told Race Can Be a Factor in Street Stops, but Not the Only One.”
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases in New York including racial profiling and hate crimes. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."