Launched in 1991, ‘Operation Clean Halls’ is an NYPD initiative that places cops in private residential buildings in NYC with the landlord’s permission. It was designed to provide a layer of security for those living in high crime neighborhoods, but for some tenants, it has devolved into a police state atmosphere where they are routinely questioned, detained, searched and arrested. It’s like stop-and-frisk, but the home edition and so the NYCLU has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 13 people to end the program, claiming its unconstitutional. The civil rights group created a video with firsthand testimonials of residents affected by ‘clean halls’ tactics. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly defended the controversial procedures by saying that it provides “the level of safety that people have in buildings with doormen,” unless you’re black and Hispanic, then not so much.