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Judge Picks Organizer For Public Meetings On Stop-And-Frisk

Nicholas Turner Will Help Ensure Policy Is Carried Out Constitutionally
(credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday appointed the head of a nonprofit center for justice policy research to organize public meetings to ensure the city’s stop-and-frisk policy is carried out constitutionally.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin appointed Nicholas Turner, president and director of the VERA Institute of Justice, to organize town-hall type meetings including police personnel, community members, prosecutors and elected officials.

Scheindlin noted in an order that the Yale Law School graduate has managed a project on racial profiling in prosecution while at VERA. He has also aided the racial and socioeconomics integration of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

Scheindlin ruled earlier this month that the police department violated the civil rights of minorities with the controversial policy. She ordered an outside monitor to oversee major changes to the policy, with whom Turner will work.

The city is appealing the ruling, and has asked the judge to hold off on implementing her ruling until their appeal is decided. But City Council and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn announced plans this week to file a legal declaration with the court asking that the reforms Scheindlin ordered be implemented right away.

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