New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has filed court papers Thursday (Jan. 30), seeking to drop the appeal of a judge’s order to reform the NY Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy, the Asssociated Press reports.
The filing, made in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, is looking to reverse former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s appeal made last year after a judge ruled that the New York Police Department had discriminated against blacks and Hispanics, sometimes stopping to question and frisk them on the street.
Under Bloomberg’s 12-year tenure in office, more than 5 million stops, mostly of black and Hispanic men, occurred within the last decade. About 10 percent resulted in arrests and summons.
De Blasio took office at the top of the year and now seeks to drop the appeal, though police unions are seeking to still carry it out.