Judge Won't Freeze Stop-and-Frisk Ruling

U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin said granting the city's request to put her decision on hold would send the wrong signal

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013  |  Updated 2:01 PM EDT
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Judge: NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Violates Rights

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The judge who ordered reforms to the NYPD's stop-and-frisk strategy has refused to delay them pending appeal.

U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin said Tuesday that granting the city's request, which was issued shortly after her August decision, would send the wrong signal.
 
She said a decrease in the number of stops from their peak in 2011 to today is already due in part to her orders over the past several years.
 
Scheindlin said delaying the effects of her decision would send the message that reducing the number of stops is somehow dangerous to residents.
 
She also criticized city officials who have misinterpreted her decision, claiming it ends stop-and-frisk all together. The judge ordered reforms after finding the program discriminates against minorities.
 
The city law office did not immediately comment.

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