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Volume 25, Issue 1, 2016

The National Black Law Journal

By: Shira A. Scheindlin

This article is drawn from a keynote address Judge Shira A. Scheindlin gave at the UCLA School of Law’s October 2015 Critical Race Studies Symposium, “Race and Resistance: Against Police Violence.” She was asked to speak because of the 2013 opinion she authored in Floyd v. City of New York, a landmark decision ending New York City’s unconstitutional practice of stop and frisk as carried out by the New York City Police Department. However, in order to create a context in which to understand the Floyd decision she has broadened the scope of the topic to incorporate events taking place before and after the publication of that Opinion. She begins with a brief historical background that sets the stage for the spotlight on race and policing that has been the focus of so much recent attention.

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