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Chicago Sued Over Stop-and-Frisk Policy

Uh oh.

Chicago is in hot water. The city’s police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy has resulted in a lawsuit filed against the city earlier this week.

The suit, filed on behalf of six African-American men, alleges that the policy has routinely violated the constitutional rights of mostly African-Americans who have not committed any crime, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The 36-page document stated that the “suspicionless” street stops have led to constitutional abuses that include: unlawful searches and seizures, and excessive force.

Plaintiff Gregory Davis said CPD stopped him in July 2014 as he waited in his vehicle for a family member to come out of a Walgreens store on South Stony Island. Officers asked Davis, 58, why he was sitting there and demanded his driver’s license and insurance information, according to the lawsuit.

The officers “looked through the window into Davis’ vehicle before allowing (him) to return to his nearby home,” the lawsuit reads. No citations were issued.

Three months later, Davis was again stopped without probable cause as he drove through an alley in his neighborhood. Officers in that instance took his license and registration and made him wait 20 minutes while they check his background, the suit alleges. He was let go without any charges or citations.

The suit referenced a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that found African-Americans were stopped at a disproportionately higher rate than any other race, especially in predominantly white neighborhoods. African-Americans were subjected to 72 percent of all stops despite constituting just 32 percent of the city’s population.