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A major lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department’s use of warrantless stops in high-crime neighborhoods goes to federal court Monday.

Critics say the NYPD’s practice — known as stop and frisk — is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. But defenders say it is legal and has helped make New York City safer than it’s been in 50 years.

The case, Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al., is a class-action suit, so the stories of the plaintiffs are all different. But they do have some basic things in common.

“I remember squad cars pulling up. They just pulled up aggressively, and the cops came out with their guns drawn,” says Nicholas Peart, one of the plaintiffs. “I think it left me embarrassed, humiliated and upset — all three things rolled up into one.”

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