Court Won't Block Class Action "Stop-and-Frisk" Suit

New York City wanted to prevent class action certification


The 2nd Circuit refused to let New York City appeal class certification in a lawsuit over racially disparate stop-and-frisk police policies.

"Well over one hundred thousand people" may fall into a class of plaintiffs who have been stopped by police since Jan. 31, 2005, without reasonable suspicion, court records indicate.

In a May certification order, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin said that the case of Floyd v. City of New York involved "an issue of great public concern," namely "the disproportionate number of blacks and Latinos, as compared to whites, who become entangled in the criminal justice system."