To fix the constitutional violations, Judge Scheindlin of
Federal District Courtin Manhattansaid she intended to designate an outside lawyer, Peter L. Zimroth, to monitor the Police Department’s compliance with the Constitution.
The decision to install Mr. Zimroth, a partner in the
New Yorkoffice of Arnold & Porter, LLP, and a former corporation counsel and prosecutor in the Manhattandistrict attorney’s office, will leave the department under a degree of judicial control that is certain to shape the policing strategies under the next mayor.
She noted that about 88 percent of the stops result in the police letting the person go without an arrest or ticket, a percentage so high, she said, that it suggests there was not a credible suspicion to suspect the person of criminality in the first place.