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2013.09.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

Criminal Justice Expert from UNO to Speak on NYC Stop and Frisk Policy

Omaha - Criminal Justice expert and University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Professor Emeritus Samuel Walker will present “On the Stand in New York City,” a talk on his experience as an expert witness in the recent “stop and frisk” case against the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

The free public talk will be Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Collaborating Commons on the first floor of UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

The talk will cover the stop and frisk controversy in New York City, Walker’s role as an expert witness for the plaintiffs, and the significance of the ruling for both the NYPD and other police departments.

On Monday, Aug. 12, Judge Shira Sheindlin ruled that the “stop and frisk” practices by the NYPD violated fourth amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, and the 14th amendment guarantee of equal protection, finding a practice of racial profiling by the department. Walker testified about needed reforms for the NYPD, and the judge incorporated most of his recommendations in her remedies order in Floyd, et al. v. City of New York.

Walker is a nationally-known expert on police accountability. He is the author and editor of 14 books and over 100 articles, book chapters or reports on the topics of policy accountability and civil liberties.

For more information about the Sept. 17 event, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

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