Judge Shira Scheindlin
The city’s police unions are arguing they should be able to continue to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk policy violated civil rights.
The city had argued that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to remove federal Judge Shira Scheindlin meant it should also nullify her rulings.
Bratton insists he’s not campaigning for his old job and said he hasn’t spoken with the de Blasio transition team.
The number of street stops under the NYPD stop-and-frisk policy has plummeted 80 percent in recent months compared with the same time last year, and officers are recovering fewer weapons, according to police department data obtained Monday.
In a first-of-its kind analysis, a report from the New York Attorney General’s office found that just 1.5 percent of stop-and-frisk arrests resulted in a jail or prison sentence longer than 30 days.
“Mayor-elect de Blasio ran on a platform of changing stop-and-frisk and the people overwhelmingly supported that yesterday, so I hope the administration realizes – number one – this is going to happen anyway in two months,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler.
The judge had ruled that police officers violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of people by wrongly targeting black and Hispanic men with its stop-and-frisk program.
Republican nominee Joe Lhota said crime has been going up in the city over the past two months. But Democrat Bill de Blasio said Lhota’s numbers are skewed.
A judge has denied the Bloomberg administration’s request to stay changes ordered to the city’s controversial stop, question and frisk policy.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly defends the use of stop-and-frisk as a crime-fighting tool even as new data shows that the number of stops in New York City over recent months fell to levels not seen in nearly 10 years.
The data showed that from April through June, police conducted 58,000 stops, compared to 99,780 during the first quarter of 2013.
Mayor Bloomberg blasts override: “Today’s vote is an example of election year politics at its very worst and political pandering at its most deadly.”
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows to again defend the controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
City officials have filed notice to appeal the ruling against the NYPD stop-and-frisk policy, but City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants court-mandated changes to go ahead regardless.
Speaking Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it would be irresponsible if the next administration decided to stop the appeal.