Mayor de Blasio Announces New York’s Stop-and-Frisk Appeal Is on Hold

Daniel Beekman and Annie Karni, NY Daily News, January 30, 2014

Delivering on a campaign pledge, Mayor de Blasio on Thursday moved to withdraw the city’s appeal of federal Judge Shira Scheindlin’s sweeping ruling that declared the Police Department’s use of stop-and-frisk policing unconstitutional.

In a court filing, the de Blasio administration asked that the appeal—filed last year by the previous mayor, Michael Bloomberg—be put on hold so the case can be officially settled.

The request means that the city now accepts what Bloomberg did not—that the Police Department abused stop-and-frisk policing, which led to racial profiling.

The de Blasio administration said that it has negotiated a settlement with the plaintiffs that includes one key change to Scheindlin’s ruling: Instead of a court-appointed monitor overseeing the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk policing indefinitely, the oversight would end after three years.

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De Blasio’s new Police Commissioner Bill Bratton pledged to develop a plan of action to help the NYPD collaborate better with affected communities.

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