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NY Court Reverses Stop and Frisk Conviction

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

NYPD, police, New York Police Department (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

A New York appeals court has reversed the conviction of a 14-year-old boy arrested after a street search turned up a weapon in his backpack.

The court ruled 3-2 on Tuesday that the officers were relying on a hunch that something illegal was inside the teen's bag during a stop in 2010 in West Harlem. The court said the officers needed something more concrete to justify searching the backpack.

A 14-year-old boy was stopped by officers after he was seen glancing around and putting something white from his rear waistband into his backpack. They stopped the teen, asked him where he was going, searched the backpack and found a gun, ammunition and $963. The teen had been sentenced to probation

The ruling came a week after another teen’s conviction was overturned. A different set of judges from the same court ruled that police who stopped and frisked a teen in the Bronx had no reasonable suspicion. The boy was arrested after putting a black object that turned out to be a gun into his pocket.

The city law department says it will appeal both cases.

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Comments [3]

TNC, what makes you think these kids aren't carrying guns out of pure fear? That's exactly why you're justifying a need for "law-abiding adults to carry", isn't it? It seems that in your mind they are "scumbags" purely because they are underage.

Jul. 09 2012 11:19 PM
MasterG

No, the police cannot stop any Black person at random and put him through a humiliating search for no reason. The policy has not reduced shootings and it has radicalized the community.

Jul. 04 2012 01:03 PM
TNC from QNS

The lawyers defending these scum are partly to blame for the violence plaguing low-income communities. Thugs (kids carrying guns) need to get locked up, period. I don't care why they are stopped, they should not be rolling around w/ guns in the first place.

The flip side of this is the city needs to make it easier for law-abiding adults to carry. If these scumbags knew we were armed, they would behave a lot differently and the city would be a much nicer place to live.

Jul. 04 2012 07:53 AM

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