In a guest post for the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Professor Nicole Smith Futrell analyzes the recent decision finding the New York City Police Department’s stop and frisk policy unconstitutional. “While the Floyd ruling is important for providing court-sanctioned recognition of the racial discrimination long endured by blacks and Latinos in the city, the decision also demonstrates how challenging it will be to eliminate deeply rooted racial bias from the practices and culture of the nation’s largest municipal police force,” writes Smith Futrell.
Professor Smith Futrell is a Clinical Law Professor and Supervising Attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a public defender at the Bronx Defenders. Her clinical practice and research and writing interests are focused on challenging discriminatory police practices, indigent defense reform, and social justice lawyering.