The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the New York Police Department (NYPD) for their “Stop and Frisk” program citing it as unconstitutional. The Taxi/Livery Inspection Program (TRIP) was originally put into place to deter criminals from robbing cab drivers.
However, cab drivers are now complaining that they and their passengers are being pulled over and frisked without cause.
According to the NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman, “Over the past few years, NYPD officers have stopped and frisked millions of innocent people for walking in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time, and now the Department has extended this unlawful practice to passengers in livery cars. It’s just another disturbing example of the NYPD’s campaign of excessive and racially lopsided policing, and we’re confident the courts will put a stop to it.”
The two men named in the lawsuit who were pulled out of cabs by the NYPD include a black radio host and a lawyer.