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New Yorkers Voice Thoughts On Stop-And-Frisk Ruling

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Stop-and-frisk has been such a contentious issue that just about every New Yorker had an opinion about Monday's ruling. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

When NY1 talked with people near Brooklyn Borough Hall Monday, they were just hearing the news about the federal judge's stop-and-frisk decision.

"I think the stop-and-frisk policy of the New York City Police Department is infringing upon the civil rights of New Yorkers," said one New Yorker.

A majority of folks agreed.

"I don't think they should have the right to search you unlawfully if you're not doing nothing wrong, why search you? I mean if you are doing something wrong that's a whole different situation," said another New Yorker.

"If someone is being suspected, maybe? But just to stop and frisk them, I don't think that's fair. No matter what color or race you are," said a third New Yorker.

Some said their main problem with the policy was their belief that racial profiling was a big part of it.

"I just hate racial profiling so whatever cuts down on that, that's fine with me," said one New Yorker.

"I think the racial profiling definitely was there, not by everybody of course, but it was there was enough," said another New Yorker.

But others were not sure how they felt considering the delicate balance between personal freedoms and public safety.

"I have children. As a female who is always walking around in the city by myself I would say that public safety should come first, before individual rights, if that means you are not going to be attacked," said one New Yorker.

"I live in a community that is very racially diverse and certainly respect the rights of folks who have been stopped and frisked unnecessarily. I also understand and can read the crime stats," said another New Yorker.

Most of those who spoke with NY1 also supported the judge's appointment of an independent monitor to oversee the policy transition at the NYPD.

"I think people should be accountable for what they are doing," noted a New Yorker.

One woman said it would be a good idea to have someone neutral look over the police department while they make any transition.

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