New Yorkers Tell Bustle How Stop-and-Frisk Impacts Their Lives
On Monday, a federal judge found that the NYPD's unpopular stop-and-frisk policy, which allows officers to detain and search citizens without a warrant, is a violation of a citizens' constitutional rights.
This is not only a huge victory for opponents of the policy, but for the millions of New Yorkers that have been stopped and frisked between 2004 and 2012.
Bustle went to one of the most targeted areas in NYC, East Harlem, to ask New Yorkers about their experiences with the policy.
Almost all the East Harlem residents approached had an experience with the policy, but tellingly, only a few were willing to share their story. A bleak theme emerged as I spoke with the residents: stop-and-frisk is just a normal part of their day.