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“Stop and Frisk” new ruling

Federal Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling, has found that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights -Fourth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment- and has called for a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms and for some other remedies such as a pilot program in which officers in at least five precincts across the city will wear body-worn cameras in an effort to record street encounters.

In my modest view, this ruling is significant. In the medium term, it will have major impact, in the fight against racial profiling and will gradually contribute to insert and spread more egalitarian values in US society.

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