162 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 127 (2013)
11 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2013 Last revised: 16 Feb 2014
Date Written: December 10, 2013
This brief essay, prepared for the online supplement to the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, is a critical examination of the opinion of Judge Shira Scheindlin in Floyd v. City of New York, a case examining the constitutionality of the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York City Police Department. The essay explores flaws in the opinion, and argues that judicial efforts to regulate stop-and-frisk tactics could well harm rather than help the vulnerable residents of high-crime minority communities.
Keywords: Stop and Frisk, Fourth Amendment, Equal Protection, Terry v. Ohio
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