So a federal judge says that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy which targets minorities is unconstitutional and discriminatory And now NYC mayor, Mike Bloomberg is mad, and acting like the judge just told him that white folks have to pick cotton for free.
Of course, as white privilege would have it, according to Bloomberg, the NYPD didn’t get a fair trial. Lemme guess, they must have had one of those overworked public defenders to represent them at the trial. According to Judge Shira Scheindlin who presided over the case, the NYPD has pursued this stop-and-frisk tactic “in a racially discriminatory manner.”
Additionally, in her decision, Judge Scheindlin wrote “In their zeal to defend a policy that they believe to be effective, they have willfully ignored overwhelming proof that the policy of targeting ‘right people’ is racially discriminatory and therefore violates the United States Constitution.”
But, of course none of that matters; because as Bloomberg put it, the blood would be on the hands of Scheindlin as crime rises as a result of her decision. Let Bloomberg tell it, “This is a very dangerous decision made by a judge who I think just does not understand how policing works.”
That may be true; yes, she may not know how policing works. However, as a federal judge, I’d like to think that she knows a lot about the very United States Constitution that the NYPD Commisioner Ray Kelly and his
militia officers all swear to uphold. But hey, what else can we expect from Bloomberg who last April said,“we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”
Hopefully a bill reintroduced in Congress to outlaw racial profiling by law enforcement will pick up steam. In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict for the death of Trayvon Martin as cited by Judge Scheindlin, the bill reintroduced by Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Ben Cardin will make life easy for minorities. In the hopes of ending racial profiling by law enforcement, police departments will be carefully monitored much like the NYPD.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) banded together for a second time to announce companion versions of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2013, legislation they had previously pushed in 2011 and that appeared before Congress in 2001, 2004 and 2007 as well. The legislation would attack racial profiling by several means, including mandating training for federal law enforcement officials on racial profiling issues, submitting data on all routine and spontaneous investigatory activities to the Department of Justice, providing Justice Department grants for the development and implementation of protocols that discourage profiling, and requiring the attorney general to make periodic reports assessing the nature of any ongoing discriminatory profiling practices.
All 15 co-sponsors on the Senate bill are Democrats: Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Christopher Coons (Del.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Carl Levin (Mich.), Robert Menendez (N.J.), Barbara Mikulski (Md.), Christopher Murphy (Conn.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.). There are a total of 39 co-sponsors on the House version, also all Democrats. A spokesman for Conyers said previous Republican backers had either retired or lost their reelections, but his office was in the process of reaching out to current members of the House GOP who might be interested. (source)