NAACP Statement on New York City Decision to Settle Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit


(New York City) The NAACP released the following statement in response to New York City Mayor de Balsio’s decision to settle the City’s lawsuit against over stop-and-frisk.

From Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference:

“Mayor de Blasio has begun the process of turning a campaign promise into a reality with this decision,” stated Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference.  “Stop-and-frisk racial profiling in New York City forced communities to be afraid of both the robbers and the cops.   This is an important step toward long term reform.”

From Dr. Niaz Kasravi, NAACP National Criminal Justice Director:

“Today’s announcement to implement the reforms ordered by Judge Scheindlin in the Floyd lawsuit is a major step in the right direction,” stated Dr. Niaz Kasravi, NAACP Criminal Justice Director.  “For far too long communities of color have suffered being unlawfully targeted by the NYPD’s abusive stop and frisk program. This decision is critical to creating the much needed reforms that will protect the constitutional rights of all New Yorkers and ultimately make all communities safer.”

On Father’s Day 2012, the NAACP joined with 1199 SEIU and National Action Network to lead a “Silent March to End Stop-and-Frisk” down Fifth Avenue in New York City. The march drew tens of thousands of people from diverse races, ethnicities and religions.


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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