NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A judge has denied the Bloomberg administration’s request to stay changes ordered to the city’s controversial stop, question and frisk policy.
“Ordering a stay now would send precisely the wrong signal,” Judge Shira Scheindlin wrote in her ruling. “It would essentially confirm that the past practices, resulting in hundreds of thousands of stops — overwhelmingly of minorities — that resulted in little or no enforcement action or seizure of contraband were justified and based on constitutional police practices. It would also send the message that reducing the number of stops is somehow dangerous to the residents of this City. Because neither proposition is accurate, the granting of a stay is not in the public interest. By contrast, allowing a process of consultation with all stakeholders, and recommendations for measured reform, is in the public interest.”