MILWAUKEE — Community leaders working against disparities in the criminal justice system are greeting the settlement agreement in the ACLU’s stop-and-frisk lawsuit against the city with hope. The $3.4 million settlement was made official Monday when U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller approved it. The settlement “brings in some reforms and some accountability measures that will ensure that the police are accurately documenting all the reasons why they are stopping citizens,” said Fred Royal, president of the NAACP Milwaukee Branch. “The lawsuit revealed that there were individuals being stopped for nothing other than the color of their skin.” Martha Barry, racial justice director at the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin, noted that police likely would see the settlement as an attack. “But if it can get behavior to change that’s having a hugely detrimental impact on our community, it will . be a good thing,” she said. “If their motto of ‘protect and serve’ is really what they want to live by, then this will help them to better protect and serve the community that they’re in.” — The nonprofit news outlet Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service provided this article to The Associated Press through a collaboration with Institute for Nonprofit News. —… Read full this story
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