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NY judge gives class-action status to lawsuit challenging NYPD stop-and-frisk practices
NEW YORK (AP) ' A New York judge has granted class action status to a 2008 lawsuit accusing the New York Police Department of discriminating against blacks and Hispanics with its stop-and-frisk policies aimed at reducing crime.
Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan says there is "overwhelming evidence" that a centralized stop-and-frisk program has led to thousands of unlawful stops.
She says the vast majority of New Yorkers who are unlawfully stopped will never file a lawsuit in response. She says class-action status was created for just these kinds of court cases.
The lawsuit says officers are pressured to meet quotas as part of the program and they are punished if they do not.
A message for comment left with the city law office was not immediately returned.