Man Files First Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit After Court Ruling

August 30, 2013 | Andy Cush

Allen Moye, a 54-year-old, legally blind black man has filed the first stop-and-frisk-related lawsuit since the federal court decision that ruled the tactic unconstitutional. Moye alleges he was wrongly stopped while waiting for a friend in Harlem in 2010.

“It was racial profiling, what they did,” he said. “It’s a different Jim Crow. They try to put everybody behind bars to do their work.”

Moye’s lawsuit specifically mentions Judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision, stating that the NYPD’s “unconstitutional policies of profiling minorities may be inferred by the Aug. 12, 2013 decision … finding that the NYPD had violated the rights of thousands of citizens with respect to the application of its stop and frisk policy.”

According to Moye, the cops “snatched” his ID away from him, placed him under arrest, and held him in a police van for several hours.

“They treated me like I was from another planet, like I just landed in a space ship,” he said. “They said they didn’t care about the Fourth Amendment.”