New York drops appeal of controversial stop-and-frisk ruling


Originally posted on WTVR.com:

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(CNN) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced a settlement in the long legal battle over the police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policies, which a federal judge ruled violated the rights of minorities.

In addition to dropping its appeal of the ruling, the city will implement reforms aimed at improving strained relations between police and the community.

De Blasio, who targeted the policing practice during his mayoral campaign against former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, called the settlement ending the Floyd vs. City of New York case “historic” and said it would close the years-long legal battle that found the overuse of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional. De Blasio said 90% of the people who were stopped and frisked were innocent of any crimes.

“We’re here today to turn the page on one of the most divisive problems in our city,” he told reporters. “We believe in ending the overuse…

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