What's the NYPD's Next Legally Tested Practice? Larceny Booby Traps

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The NYPD has this thing they do called Operation Lucky Bag. Officers leave these satchels or duffelbags full of cash and valuable objects in public spaces around the city. If someone picks one up, they're arrested soon after on the assumption that the person will not seek to return the bag to its proper owner.

The NYPD's defense is that it's an efficient means of detaining lifelong larcenists and thus deterring theft in normally crowded areas. How is this legal? Who knows. But that's the question being asked this week in several lawsuits filed against what could become the NYPD's newest legal headache.

The lawsuits are led by those that argue the practice leads cops to arrest innocent people. Deidre Myers is one of them.

In her case, Myers and her daughter were sitting on a stoop in the Bronx one day when a black car drove up with cops in hot pursuit. A man jumped out of the car and ran, leaving the door wide open. Myers went to check the car and found one of those special bags sitting in the front seat. Before she even had the chance to touch it, another van full of cops pulled up and forced Myers and her daughter on the ground. It was all a trick--one that's been played in the Bronx for almost 20 years now.

Myers fought charges of stolen property and petty larceny for two years before Judge Linda Poust Lopez acquitted her. The judge's reasoning? Following down this case's path "would greatly damage the confidence and trust of the public in the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, and rightly so." And that sentiment speaks volumes about the practice as a whole.

Now, Myers is taking her case to the city. Because eventually something needs to replace stop-and-frisk in the courtroom.

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suzinne751
suzinne751

NPYD corrupt through and through.  I question their tactics each and every day.  How about this one.  Couple of weeks ago, in my apartment building in the Bronx there was a sexual assault on a 14 year old boy.  Assault happened at 6:00 p.m.  At 2:00 a.m., the police pound on my door and ring my bell multiple times.  Jumped out of my FREAKING SKIN.  You wake people up in the middle of the night to show a picture of an assailant who there's a 99% chance they don't even know.  Do people assault people in the same building they live in?  NYPD are a DISGRACE.

Also, was a Grand Juror in the Bronx multiple times.  Do you know that the only cases were voted on were small drug buys?  No way that those are the only crimes going down in the Bronx.  And someone taking a planted duffle bag is NOT the same thing as stealing from a person or a store.  ENTRAPMENT.

Fukk Mayor Bloomberg
Fukk Mayor Bloomberg

shenanigans like this is why the nypd needs an outside agency to over see them. ray kelly is elbows deep in corruption

Julian Julian
Julian Julian

There are a bunch of criminals out there. Maybe they should concentrate to get those thugs off the streets.

Vh Hurtado
Vh Hurtado

if they get really bored the cops can always arrest jaywalkers. that's still listed as a criminal offense

G Michael Thomas
G Michael Thomas

I keep re-reading this in the hopes that it will all turn out to be a prank in the end.

JSC-NYC
JSC-NYC

sorry your sleep was disturbed............imagine how the victim is sleeping right now.........

very poor examples of corruption.......more like an example of a cranky, nasty neighbor

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