Lawsuit: NYPD Making Illegal Stop-And-Frisks In Private Buildings

March 28, 2012 12:00 AM

Lawsuit: NYPD Making Illegal Stop-And-Frisks In Private Buildings
" NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges the New York Police Department’s program that allows police to stop and frisk people in private apartment buildings throughout the city.

Nearly every apartment building in some Bronx neighborhoods is enrolled in “Operation Clean Halls;” in Manhattan, nearly 3,900 buildings are part of the program.

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Hispanic groups said the program puts tenants and their guests at a heightened risk of unjustified and unlawful arrests.

WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reports

“Going out for a container of milk or a pack of Skittles can result in somebody being detained, thrown up against the wall, even arrested for trespassing,” Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the NYCLU, said. “People are turned into suspects for no other reason than where they live.”

Several residents living in designated “clean halls” buildings said they feel like prisoners in their own homes and claim they have been stopped by police without having committed any wrongdoing "

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