Trial date set for NYPD stop-and-frisk case

According to yesterday’s Daily News:

A 2008 federal civil rights lawsuit stemming from alleged racial bias in the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy is finally going to trial.

Manhattan Federal Court Judge Shira Scheindlin Monday set a March 18, 2013, trial date for the hot-button case which alleges racial profiling in the way the NYPD conducts the stop-and-frisk tactic.

The case was brought on behalf of plaintiffs by a terrific non-profit legal organization called the Center for Constitutional Rights, the CCR. The NYPD will be defended by City lawyers.

This is a good example of how long it can take to get a civil rights case into the courts for trial, and a good lesson for people who are impatient about why it takes so long. Getting evidence, proof of a case, can take years, especially if a lot of proof depends on e-mails and other documents, and depositions of a lot of people.

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