New NYC mayor dropping stop-and-frisk appeal

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 11:36 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's (dih BLAH'-zee-ohz) administration has filed court papers seeking to drop an appeal of a judge's decision ordering major reforms to the police department's stop-and-frisk policy.

The papers were filed Thursday in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.

A judge ruled last year that the New York Police Department had discriminated against blacks and Hispanics with how it went about stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking people on the street. The judge ordered major reforms to the department's implementation of the policy.

Then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg appealed the decision. But de Blasio, who took office at the beginning of the year, is now seeking to drop the appeal.

But the case isn't over yet: Police unions are seeking to intervene and carry on the appeal.

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