Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Philly settles stop-and-frisk suit

Update: The City of Philadelphia has agreed to settle a federal civil lawsuit filed on behalf of eight plaintiffs, all men of color, who say the Philadelphia Police Department is misusing its "stop and frisk" policy to conduct racially motivated stops of black and Latino men in the city.

Under the settlement agreement the Philly P.D. has agreed to collect data on all stop and frisks and store this information in an electronic data base. It will also provide officers with necessary training and supervision with respect to stop and frisk practices and establish a monitoring system in which the police department, plaintiffs' counsel, and an independent court-appointed monitor, Dean JoAnne A. Epps, from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, will review and analyze the data. Dean Epps will have the authority to recommend appropriate practices and policies to ensure that stops and frisks by the PPD are in compliance with the Constitution.

Read my original reporting on the case here.

Click here for information on the settlement.