Constitutional Opinions

Mighty Mandate

Judge Scheindlin stopped and frisked. 

By From the December 2013 issue

For fans of blind justice few things are as exciting as the drama unfolding in the Second United States Circuit Court of Appeals in the case captioned as Floyd v. New York. It involves the policing practice known as stop-question-and-frisk. This strategy has been pursued by New York’s police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, to make New York the safest big city in the country, if not the world.One would think this would have brought Mr. Kelly—who has held nearly every rank in the New York Police Department—the Nobel Prize, particularly because the victims of crime in New York are overwhelmingly members of the minority community. Instead, Kelly’s campaign has made him a lightning rod for leftist sentiment, which has now come to a head in the most astonishing fashion.

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Seth Lipsky, founding editor of the New York Sun, is the author of The Citizen's Constitution: An Annotated Guide (Basic Books).