Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Blog

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office has dealt a blow to the city’s Stop-and-Frisk law. The New York Times reports that the District Attorney’s Office will no longer prosecute individuals arrested for trespassing at public housing complexes unless they are able to interview the arresting officer and confirm that the arrest was warranted. The policy change comes after prosecutors realized that many of those arrested were residents or invited guests.

NYPD Chief Ray Kelly has asserted that no misconduct had been discovered, and that the District Attorney’s Office had “overstated [the] perception of discrepancies regarding criminal trespass arrests in the Bronx.” Kelly has been a vocal supporter of the stop-and-frisk policy, in the face of growing criticism from civil liberties advocates and even while the state was paying out claims for civil liberties violations related to the policy. In just twelve months, New York City has paid more than $22.8 million in judgments or settlements for civil rights violations.

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