Judge won’t delay effects of stop-frisk rulings

September 17, 2013 Associated Press
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The New York judge who ordered reforms to the police department’s stop-and-frisk strategy has refused to delay them pending appeal.

Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan said Tuesday that granting the city’s request 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.

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She said delaying the effects of her August decision would send the message that reducing the number of stops is somehow dangerous to residents.

She also criticized those 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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