Trust must be rebuilt between police and communities. To accomplish this, the current stop and frisk policy needs to be fixed.
New York, New York (PRWEB) October 18, 2012
The New York City Council held hearings on the New York Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. Members were considering four bills known as the Community Safety Act. These bills would reform stop-and-frisk procedures by improving accountability and ending alleged discriminatory profiling by the NYPD, reported The Nation magazine (10/12/12). New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman welcomes the bills.
The Nation linked to the bills. Legislation banning profiling by the NYPD would
1. Prohibit the NYPD from relying on race, ethnicity, religion, or other protected categories when engaging in law enforcement activities, with few exceptions. It would also broaden the communities protected against profiling.
2. Protect New Yorkers against unlawful searches by ending the practice of the NYPD pressuring New Yorkers into consenting to wrongful searches and mandating that officers have to explain the right to refuse a search when there is no warrant or probable cause.
3. Require officers to identify and explain themselves to subjects of law enforcement activity by providing their name and rank and the specific reason for the stop. Officers would also need to give a business card to the person being stopped that includes information on how to file a complaint. There are some exceptions.
4. Establish an NYPD Inspector General Office to ensure that NYPD policies operate effectively and are consistent with the law.
“In large part, the purpose of the bills is to address the substantial number of stop-and-frisks that appear to overwhelmingly target black and Hispanic men,” said David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.
According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, 685,724 people in New York City were stopped in 2011. The majority of people stopped, or 84%, were black or Latino. Only 6% of the stops resulted in an arrest.
“If the bills pass, the hope is that Mayor Bloomberg does not decide to veto the Community Safety Act. Trust must be rebuilt between police and communities. To accomplish this, the current stop and frisk policy needs to be fixed,” said Perecman.
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including false arrest or police harassment can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including racial profiling and religious desicrimination. 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.
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
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