NYC Agrees to Changes in Building Patrol Program


Along with the ruling Monday that the NYPD violated the civil rights of black and Hispanic New Yorkers with its stop and frisk policy, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered changes to an NYPD patrol program inside private buildings.

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of Bronx residents who said they were being wrongly stopped in their own buildings. Police patrol thousands of private residential buildings in New York under the program known as Clean Halls. Landlords can opt in.

Scheindlin ordered a more formal written policy on circumstances that allow the building stops. She also said the NYPD must retrain officers on the policy. The city has agreed to the reforms.