A civil rights group has sued the NYPD over arrests made in privately owned buildings. The officers were given permission by the landlords of these buildings to enter and question the tenants as they wish. Because of this tenants are forced to carry ID cards to do thing such as getting the mail or using the laundry room. This has also caused family and friends to not want to visit the people that live in these buildings. The New York Times reports:
A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the New York Police Department of illegally stopping tens of thousands of people in privately owned buildings across the city where officers had been given permission to enter by landlords.
Police officers routinely arrest people on criminal-trespass charges with no justification, the suit says, creating what some residents describe as a police state in which they feel compelled to carry identification while performing mundane tasks like picking up mail or doing laundry.
And the practice has isolated many residents because friends and relatives are leery of visiting for fear of being stopped by the police, the suit says.
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