The NYPD is aiming to violate the rights of as many New Yorkers this year as they possibly can. From January 1st to June 30th, more than 317,000 people were approached by the police for random “stop and frisks.” But their tactics could be trashed by a federal judge who just gave the go ahead for a class action lawsuit from a group of blacks and latinos looking to put an end to the controversial practice.

A partial explanation for increase in stop and frisks by the NYPD is due the Taxi/Livery Inspection Program in which drivers voluntarily allow cops to pull them over at any point and search their cabs “for safety.” The NYPD has also performed stop and searches on passengers in those cabs — the NYCLU is suing the city over this. The overall increase of stop and frisks is also due to the blatant racism of the NYPD, but that’s just too obvious.