Walker’s testimony cited in Floyd v. City of New York
On August 12, a Federal District Court rejected the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk policy. The Court found that the New York City Police Department had engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional stops and frisks in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. The testimony of Professor Emeritus Samuel Walker, who testified as an expert witness in the case, was referenced extensively in Judge Shira A. Scheindlin’s decision. The judge ordered sweeping reforms to end the unconstitutional practices, including changes to the training, supervising, and monitoring of officers with the New York Police Department. The Judge also ordered the creation of a court-appointed Monitor to oversee the reforms she ordered. The appointment of the monitor was recommended by Professor Walker.
Story published 09/2013