University of Pittsburgh

David Harris on Significance of NYPD Stop and Frisk Case

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August 20, 2013

A federal judge in New York has found the New York Police Department's intensive use of stop and frisk violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, and Professor David Harris commented on the national and local implications of the ruling. Professor Harris told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that stops and frisks are used in all police departments, and can be good investigative tools, as long as they are used only when necessary and legally justified. "It's not a small thing to be put up against a wall and have a person feel through your clothes," he said.

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