Police reform in New York City just took a significant step forward, and the voices of the people most affected by unlawful and discriminatory stops are front and center.
When a federal court ruled in Floyd v. City of New York that the NYPD’s stop and frisk practice violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, it was a tremendous victory. We knew, though, that the victory was not yet complete: The task of reforming the NYPD’s practices and ending racial discrimination in the use of stop and frisk remained.
In Floyd—a lawsuit spearheaded by the Center for Constitutional Rights—the federal court ordered the NYPD to work with the plaintiffs and a court appointed monitor to develop changes to the NYPD’s stop and frisk practices and to design a process for direct community input into how the NYPD’s practices will be reformed. This community input process is called the “Joint Remedial Process.” After a year of planning, the Joint Remedial Process is finally underway.
For now, here are a few exciting highlights:
To learn more about what the joint remedial process entails, read our FAQs page.
We’d also like to point you to the monitor’s website, where you can find information about the monitoring process and all of the reforms being developed. You can also submit comments and feedback. If you have been affected by the NYPD’s unlawful stop and frisk practice, we encourage you to make your voice heard.
Allowing the community to participate in reforming the NYPD’s stop and frisk practices is profoundly important to ensuring real and long lasting reform. Much work is yet to be done, but we are hopeful today.