New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure is coming to an end, but not before his administration seeks to have the stop-and-frisk policy rulings vacated.
The Raw Story reports that Bloomberg’s administration filed a late-night request to vacate the August 2013 ruling calling for an overhaul to local police’s stop and frisk policy.
Corporation counsel Michael A. Cardozo wrote in the city’s request that Judge Shira A. Scheindlin’s ruling “lend credence to the notion that the N.Y.P.D. unfairly targets minorities for stops and frisks, undermining its ability to carry out its mission effectively.”
Cardozo also made reference to Scheindlin’s findings that in stopping and frisking people, the department had violated the Constitution and resorted to a “policy of indirect racial profiling,” according to The New York Times.
“Wrongly labeling the N.Y.P.D. — and the City — a racial profiling entity and flouter of the Fourth Amendment should be sufficient injustice to vacate the Orders,” Cardozo wrote.
The decisions that were reached by Scheindlin, of Federal District Court in Manhattan, had already been halted by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit while it considered the city’s appeal. However, if Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio withdraws the appeal, as he has promised to do, the court-ordered reforms would most likely go into effect.
“I’ve said from the beginning, if the Bloomberg administration had paid attention to the concerns of communities all over New York City and had paid attention to Judge Scheindlin’s concerns, we would have had action a year or two ago, and there never would have been a court order, and there never would have been a monitor,” de Blasio stated.