(NEW YORK, N.Y., 1/31/14) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed an agreement proposed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for the city to reach a settlement in its legal battle over the controversial NYPD “stop-and-frisk” policy.
That policy involved stopping, questioning and frisking people in primarily African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Last year, a federal judge found that the police tactic was unconstitutional, calling it “a policy of indirect racial profiling.”
The mayor and the Center for Constitutional Rights announced a deal to drop the city’s appeal of a court ruling and that would accept the remedies ordered by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin including the appointment of outside monitor, Peter L. Zimroth, to oversee reforms.
SEE: Mayor Says New York City Will Settle Suits on Stop-and-Frisk Tactics
“We welcome this move to implement the spirit of the judge’s ruling on this discriminatory police tactic and pledge to offer the Muslim community’s assistance in promoting public safety while maintaining constitutional protections. We urge for the approval of this agreement in the hope of leading to a complete abolition of this biased policy.” said CAIR-NY Board President Ryan Mahoney.
CAIR-NY is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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