Today, things could change in New York City, but it all depends on who gets elected as mayor.
Protesters were devastated after a judge halted a ruling on the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. The high-profile legal battle over the practice has been toted as a vital tool for catching criminals by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD. Opponents view the measure as just another barrier for people of color to be unjustly discriminated against.
In August, a federal judge ruled that the New York Police Department routinely violated the civil rights of thousands of blacks and Latinos. On Thursday, however, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals put that ruling on hold and removed the judge from the case, saying she “ran afoul” of judicial conduct by failing to appear impartial. Speaking on New York radio station WOR on Friday, Bloomberg said he was satisfied with the latest ruling, which puts a hold on plans for an independent monitor to oversee reforms.
New York voters will choose Bloomberg’s successor Tuesday. Whoever is it that gets elected, will play a critical role in whether or not stop-and-frisk remains a practice by the NYPD.
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