Fight Racial Profiling in New York


Target: Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Justice

Goal: Block the use of “Stop and Frisk” by New York City Police Officers

A law referred to as “Stop and Frisk” allows New York City police officers to detain and search any person without a warrant, simply on the basis of suspicion. Not only is this law enormously invasive of personal privacy and blatantly unconstitutional, but in practice it has led to incredibly rampant racial profiling. According to the Huffington Post, 90% of those stopped and frisked under this law have been black or Latino. The benefits of this law could not possibly outweigh such overwhelmingly racist implementation.

Recently, U.S. District Judge Shira Sheindlin ruled that “Stop and Frisk” is unc0nstutional and in need of reform. Shortly after this ruling, a Second Circuit Court of Appeals claimed that Judge Sheindlin had not been impartial, and blocked her demand to reform the law. This is a clear example of legal politics with the intention to uphold a policy that tramples civil rights.

The “Stop and Frisk” law violates our right to privacy and our protection against unreasonable search and seizure, its implementation is absurdly racially biased, and now the state legal system is making underhanded political moves to keep it in place. Sign the petition to tell the U.S. Department of Justice to put an end to this threat to our civil rights.


Dear Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties,

New York City’s “Stop and Frisk” policy not only violates the fundamental rights of citizens, its implementation has been epically racist. 90% of those detained and searched under this law have been either black or Latino. The law is unconstitutional in the first place, and it has been used to justify a truly unbelievable level of racial profiling.

U.S. District Judge Shira Sheindlin recently ruled that as written, the “Stop and Frisk” law is unconstitutional and used in a racially biased manner. A court of appeals now claims that Sheindlin was not impartial, and is blocking her call for reform. This kind of legal politics is underhanded and clearly motivated by an interest in keeping “Stop and Frisk” as law. Don’t allow our rights to be trampled, and don’t allow this institutional racism. Please investigate these issues and block the use of “Stop and Frisk.”


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