NY Group Wants to End Illegal Frisks Outside Private Apartment Buildings

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Trial begins to Determine Constitutionality of Stop-and-Frisk outside Private Buildings

A federal judge has begun a week-long trial in New York to determine if the city police department is unconstitutionally carrying out its stop-and-frisk program outside private apartment buildings.

Attorney Christopher Dunn argued on behalf of the New York Civil Liberties Union and other groups Monday. He said more than 60 percent of 1,857 stops made in 2011 occurred without reasonable suspicion. The groups want a judge to order police to stop unconstitutional stops of people on suspicion of trespassing in public areas outside thousands of private apartment buildings.

City attorney Mark Zuckerman says the police department has improved its program to ensure officers understand the law about when they can and cannot stop someone. He calls it a subset of the department's broader stop-and-frisk program.

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