NYC Loses Bid for Quick Appeal of Stop-and-Frisk Changes

New York City lost a bid for an expedited appeal of court-ordered changes to the police department’s stop-and-frisk search policy.

The federal appeals court in Manhattan today said it wouldn’t grant a quick hearing in two related cases that challenge the department’s tactics. The appeals court did grant the city’s request to hear the cases in tandem.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan ruled Aug. 12 that the police department unlawfully targeted people on the basis of their race and violated their constitutional rights. On Sept. 17, she rejected the city’s request to delay enforcement of her order while it appeals the decision.

Scheindlin’s rulings included appointing a monitor to oversee the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policies and ordering changes to the way the city trains, monitors and disciplines police.

Michael Cardozo, New York’s corporation counsel, said in an e-mailed statement that today’s ruling “has no bearing on the merits or importance of the case.”

“We’ll be moving ahead with filing our brief as quickly as possible,” he said.

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said after the rulings Aug. 12 that the city benefited from the policy and that the judge “ignored the real-world realities of crime.”

The mayor is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News.

The cases are Floyd v. City of New York, 08-cv-01034; Ligon v. City of New York 12-cv-02274, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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