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NEW YORK---A United States federal district
judge on Monday ruled against the New York
Police Department s (NYPD) policy of stop-
and-frisk against Caribbean immigrants,
blacks and other minorities.
In a ruling in Manhattan Federal District
Court, Judge Shira Scheindlin said the policy
was unconstitutional, appointing a monitor
to reform the practice.
She said the city "adopted a policy of indirect
racial profiling by targeting racially defined
groups for stops based on local crime suspect
data," rejecting the NYPD s claim that more
stops occur in minority neighbourhoods
because of alleged high-crime rates there.
"I also conclude that the city s highest offi-
cials have turned a blind eye to the evidence
that officers are conducting stops in a racially
discriminatory manner," she wrote.
Judge Shira Scheindlin nevertheless said that
she was "not ordering an end to the practice
of stop-and-frisk," noting that the US Supreme
Court had ruled that the tactic was "consti-
tutionally permissible under certain condi-
"No one should live in fear of being stopped
whenever he leaves his home to go about the
activities of daily life," she ruled, finding that
blacks and other minorities, including
Caribbean immigrants, were "more likely to
be subjected to the use of force than whites,
despite the fact that whites are more likely to
be found with weapons or contraband.
Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stu-
art has defended the decision of his govern-
ment to no longer pay tuition fees for nation-
als studying at the University of the West
He says free tertiary education was never
intended to last forever.
Stuart told legislators that his administration
wanted nationals to understand that the new
policy is being implemented in an effort to
ensure the economic stability of the island.
In his budget presentation on Tuesday,
Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Chris
Sinckler said that effective 2014, Barbadian
students pursuing studies at the university s
three campuses will be required to pay their
own tuition fees, while the government con-
tinues to fund economic costs. (CMC)
US judge rules against
Barbados PM defends
decision to end UWI
PORT AU PRINCE---Several people were
reportedly injured during a violent outbreak
of homophobic hostilities which erupted in
the French-speaking nation s capital over
Angry locals hurled rocks and homemade
bombs at a gay British man and his Haitian
partner as they celebrated their engagement
at a party with friends.
The mob reportedly descended on the cel-
ebrations brandishing improvised weapons,
including Molotov cocktails, and are said to
have set cars on fire and smashed windows.
It was only a last-minute intervention by
police that prevented the couple and their
guests from being killed, according to the
French news agency AFP.
The Englishman, identified only as a Red
Cross worker named Max, is reported to have
survived the incident unharmed, but has
refused to speak about it publicly for fear of
further attacks on his Haitian partner.
Commenting on the attack, Charlot Jeudy
from the Haitian gay rights group Kouraj, said:
"This is a criminal act and homophobic. There
is no justification for this kind of attack on
people in a private residence. Hopefully the
justice authorities will react to the perpetrators
of this act."
While gay people in Haiti are not penalised
by the law, there is no formal recognition of
same-sex couples and most homosexual
Haitians are careful to keep a low profile to
avoid losing their jobs or facing violent attacks.
Last month, after a gay rights group
announced that it planned to submit proposals
for a law permitting gay marriage, over 1,000
members of a group calling itself the Haiti
Coalition of Religious and Moral Organisations,
and comprising members of the Protestant,
Catholic, Muslim and Voodoo faiths, took to
the streets in protest.
Unconfirmed media reports claimed that
two persons assumed to be gay were beaten
to death during the demonstration.
The country s gay community has fought
against discrimination for years and the cat-
astrophic 2010 earthquake made the situation
worse, according to a report by the Interna-
tional Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Com-
Haiti s gays claim that the quake heightened
discrimination against them by their coun-
trymen who blamed their "sinfulness" for
bringing down the wrath of God.
Haiti hate mob bombs gay engagement party
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