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December 16, 2022

Press Release

Stroock, along with Legal Aid and civil rights firm Handley Farah & Anderson, settled a years-long litigation against the City of New York regarding a new evolution of stop and frisk policing.

Our clients, seven Black and Latino men, were stopped and detained by NYPD officers who unconstitutionally prolonged the stops to demand their identification in order to run unrelated warrant checks and other searches without reasonable suspicion to justify prolonging the detention. While police may only detain a person for as long as it takes to confirm or dispel reasonable suspicion that the person has committed a crime, NYPD officers routinely prolong these detentions to search their vast electronic databases for open warrants or other unrelated information in the hopes of making an arrest.

After years of discovery, today we filed a settlement agreement with the City in the SDNY that brings changes to the way NYPD operates. Multiple NYPD patrol guide sections now expressly prohibit extended detentions for record searches without reasonable suspicion. The settlement also includes multiple rounds of notifications to all NYPD officers about these reforms, as well as re-training sessions for officers. And the settlement includes monetary awards for each of our plaintiffs, as well as significant attorneys’ fees.

The Stroock team was comprised of Jamie Bernard, David Kahne, Michael Mallon, TaLona Holbert and Christine Stygar. The team showed tremendous persistence, patience and advocacy in pursuing this meaningful reform. Our clients risked a lot to be such public drivers of this effort and are thrilled with the results.

About the Stroock's Public Service Project

Stroock’s Public Service Project continues the firm’s longtime commitment to serving the public interest. With the primary focus on providing legal assistance to underserved and under-resourced communities, the PSP practice offers a multidisciplinary approach to delivering comprehensive legal services. To learn more about Stroock’s award-winning Public Service Project, please click here.

About Stroock

Stroock provides strategic transactional, regulatory, and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, and entrepreneurial businesses in the U.S. and globally. With a rich history dating back 145+ years, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C. For more, visit www.stroock.com.

December 16, 2022

Press Release

Stroock, along with Legal Aid and civil rights firm Handley Farah & Anderson, settled a years-long litigation against the City of New York regarding a new evolution of stop and frisk policing.

Our clients, seven Black and Latino men, were stopped and detained by NYPD officers who unconstitutionally prolonged the stops to demand their identification in order to run unrelated warrant checks and other searches without reasonable suspicion to justify prolonging the detention. While police may only detain a person for as long as it takes to confirm or dispel reasonable suspicion that the person has committed a crime, NYPD officers routinely prolong these detentions to search their vast electronic databases for open warrants or other unrelated information in the hopes of making an arrest.

After years of discovery, today we filed a settlement agreement with the City in the SDNY that brings changes to the way NYPD operates. Multiple NYPD patrol guide sections now expressly prohibit extended detentions for record searches without reasonable suspicion. The settlement also includes multiple rounds of notifications to all NYPD officers about these reforms, as well as re-training sessions for officers. And the settlement includes monetary awards for each of our plaintiffs, as well as significant attorneys’ fees.

The Stroock team was comprised of Jamie Bernard, David Kahne, Michael Mallon, TaLona Holbert and Christine Stygar. The team showed tremendous persistence, patience and advocacy in pursuing this meaningful reform. Our clients risked a lot to be such public drivers of this effort and are thrilled with the results.

About the Stroock's Public Service Project

Stroock’s Public Service Project continues the firm’s longtime commitment to serving the public interest. With the primary focus on providing legal assistance to underserved and under-resourced communities, the PSP practice offers a multidisciplinary approach to delivering comprehensive legal services. To learn more about Stroock’s award-winning Public Service Project, please click here.

About Stroock

Stroock provides strategic transactional, regulatory, and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, and entrepreneurial businesses in the U.S. and globally. With a rich history dating back 145+ years, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C. For more, visit www.stroock.com.

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