New memo surfaces in stop-and-frisk trial

A man is stopped and frisked by NYPD in Brooklyn.  (Credit: Jeremy Sparig.)
A man is stopped and frisked by NYPD in Brooklyn. Credit: Jeremy Sparig

The NYPD attempted to enter a memo into evidence Wednesday that they said was sent to commanding officers this month, requiring that cops who do stop-and-frisks provide a detailed explanation for the stop, according to a report from the Guardian.

Plaintiffs expressed incredulity over the memo, which their attorney said was only made available by city lawyers Tuesday night.

“The memo literally says what we’ve been asking for for 10 years,” said Darius Charney, an attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights. “Now as we prepare to go to trial this memo magically appears.”

CCR is objecting to the inclusion of the memo as evidence.

The memo was reportedly signed by NYPD Chief of Patrol James P. Hall and addressed to commanding officers in all patrol boroughs, and dated March 5. It states that officers filling out UF250s — the reports for stops — must include a narrative description of the stop.

One of Charney’s co-counsels, Johnathan Moore, said the memo is “an admission that they’ve been doing it wrong all these years.”

Judge Shira Scheindlin, who is presiding over the bench trial, declined the city’s request to enter the memo into evidence, but said she might reverse that decision if provided with a witness involved in the creation of the memo.

Hall is already expected to testify for the city.

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