US panel to hear appeal on NY stop and frisk case

AP News
Posted: Oct 15, 2014 2:36 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The city's police unions will argue they should be able to continue to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the NYPD's stop and frisk policy violated civil rights.

Lawyers for the unions are scheduled to appear before a panel of judges Wednesday at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A federal judge ruled earlier that the unions did not signal soon enough to be included in the lawsuit. The case was heard last year in federal court and a judge ruled after the 10-week trial that the policy sometimes discriminated against minorities. The judge ordered sweeping changes and installed a monitor to oversee the changes.

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The city appealed at the time, but the de Blasio administration dropped the appeal. The unions wish to keep fighting.