The Staying Power of Civil Rights Litigation: Policing Post Settlement
20 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2016
Date Written: May 6, 2016
This paper focuses on the staying power of civil rights litigation post-settlement. Specifically, through an examination of Battle v. City of New York, I focus on the usage of civil rights litigation settlements in bringing down an entrenched practice, like stop and frisk, as well as discussing the legacy of Battle itself. Though I do not purport to make any definitive statements regarding the efficacy of civil rights litigation on the whole, I draw tentative conclusions about the propensity for civil rights litigation to break down a widespread and illegal practice. I make these conclusions while focusing on a single case and dealing with a specific issue of law, i.e., the constitutionality of passenger searches under the Taxi/Livery Robbery Inspection Program (TRIP).
Keywords: Battle, City of New York, New York City, Taxi/Livery Robbery Inspection Program, TRIP, Stop, Frisk
JEL Classification: K4, K40, K41, K42, K49, K10, K19
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