Lawsuit Challenges NYPD’s Anti-Theft Sting Tactics

NEW YORK (AP) -

A lawsuit in Brooklyn is challenging the New York Police Department’s practice of leaving wallets, cash and bags in plain sight to tempt thieves.

Lawyers who filed the lawsuit Monday in Brooklyn federal court say they’ll seek class-action status. They say they want to represent innocent individuals swept up in a tactic meant to entice thieves. The police department places the items in high-theft areas, hoping to attract the attention of thieves interested in cash or cell phones. Police have used the tactic on subway platforms, park benches and in cars.

The lawsuit seeks to stop the police tactic and have it declared in conflict with existing law.