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CCR Statement on City’s Decision to Appeal Stop and Frisk Ruling

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August 15, 2013, New York - In response to news that the City plans to file their first appeal in the Floyd v. City of New York class action tomorrow, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:

“We are very disappointed that the City has signaled it will continue to be part of the problem rather than partnering with us and the community to be part of the solution. After nine weeks of trial and solid evidence, the judge found the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics unconstitutional. New Yorkers have denounced these tactics for over a decade and now the federal court has spoken.  It is time for Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly to do the right thing and listen to and address these concerns.  A police department that protects our city and respects the rights of all New Yorkers is possible.”

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.