Stop and frisk overseer appointed

September 4, 2013 Associated Press
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A federal judge has appointed the head of a nonprofit center for justice policy research to organize public meetings to ensure New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy is carried out in a constitutional manner.

Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin made the appointment Wednesday.

Nicholas Turner will organize town-hall type meetings including police personnel, community members, prosecutors and elected officials. Turner is president and director of the VERA Institute of Justice.

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Scheindlin noted in an order that the Yale Law School graduate has managed a project on racial profiling in prosecution while at VERA. He’s also aided the racial and socioeconomics integration of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

He’ll work with a monitor appointed last month when Scheindlin ruled aspects of the city’s policy were unconstitutional. The city is appealing that ruling.

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