Not only did federal Judge Shira A. Scheindlin grant class-action status in a lawsuit against the New York Police Department for violating constitutional rights in their stop-and-frisk procedures, she lambasted the NYPD’s attempt at opposing her ruling. According to reports, Judge Scheindlin called the NYPD, who argued a blanket injunction banning stop-and-frisks would not prevent questionable stops from occurring, “cavalier,” and that the arguments were representative of “a deeply troubling apathy towards New Yorkers’ most fundamental constitutional rights.” Wrote Judge Scheindlin in her ruling, the NYPD’s “engaging in a widespread practice of unlawful stops, then an injunction seeking to curb that practice is not a ‘judicial intrusion into a social institution,’ but a vindication of the Constitution and an exercise of the courts’ most important function: protecting individual rights in the face of the government’s malfeasance.”