NYPD Using `Nuisance Abatement` Law To Force Small Businesses To Install Cameras, Agree To Warrantless Searches from Seeking The Truth's blog

Sarah Ryley at ProPublica has a fascinating, depressing, and exhaustive report on the NYPD`s apparent ongoing civil rights abuses. Under the guise of policing "nuisance businesses," certain precincts are targeting minority-owned businesses -- usually small bodegas, laundromats, etc. -- with abatement actions that force owners to either lose their source of income or capitulate to the NYPD`s overreaching demands. One business owner was hit with a "nuisance abatement" action -- one which could lead to his laundromat being closed for at least 30 days -- after undercover officers twice sold stolen goods to store customers. Sung Cho`s laundromat had nothing to do with either sale, other than being open for business when the sales were made. Despite Cho`s lack of culpability in the selling of stolen goods, the NYPD portrayed his business as a "facilitator" of illegal activity and hit his store with a restraining order.

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