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