Philly’s Frisky Police to Be Monitored
(Newsworks) — Following settlement of a lawsuit challenging the practice known as “stop and frisk,” Philadelphia officials have agreed to have an independent party monitor police stops. City officials stood with civil rights attorneys Tuesday to announce settlement of the suit claiming the police department uses racial profiling to target pedestrians and drivers. When Mayor Michael Nutter was elected in 2007, he won, in large part, because he promised to increase police stops of pedestrians and drives for questioning. “Stop and frisk” allows police officers with a reasonable suspicion to stop anyone; if police believe the person is a threat or carrying a weapon, they can frisk them. Three years later, attorney Mahari Bailey and seven others filed a class-action lawsuit saying they were stopped simply because they were African American. Bailey says after enduring several humiliating stops, he decided to take action.