The New York Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday. The lawsuit said a police department practice designed to stop livery car drivers to talk to drivers about their well-being has gone too far. It says the police sometimes randomly frisk and question livery car riders.
The lawsuit says Blacks, Latinos and other non-whites are too often subjected to the practice because livery cabs operate mainly in non-white neighborhoods.
City law office spokeswoman Elizabeth Thomas said the city had not yet been served with the lawsuit but would review it thoroughly.