Federal Judge Rules New York's "Stop & Frisk" policy unconstitutional.

Every law student studies the concept of a “Terry Stop” in criminal procedure.  It enables law enforcement to briefly detain an individual whom the law enforcement officer has a reasonable suspicion that the individual is criminal activity.  It also enables the officer to a limited pat down or frisk to determine that the individual is not carrying a weapon.  Today a federal judge in New York, held that New York City’s stop and frisk policy violated an individual’s fourth amendment right against search and seizure.  The Court determined that under the policy New York policy committed 200,000 stops without the requisite reasonable suspicion standard.   In fact one officer testified that he was told on a daily basis he was to make at least five “stop and frisk” in a day.

You can read the 195  page opinion and order here.