In a slap at administration officials who chafed at her tying the hands of police officers with her ruling crimping stop-question-and-frisk last month, the federal judge who ordered an overhaul of the New York City police department’s anti-gang strategy has refused to delay it pending an appeal.
Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered changes after finding the program discriminates against minorities. Citing a drop in stops from their 2011 peak following her earlier orders, she said Tuesday in Manhattan that granting the city’s request would send the message that reducing the number of stops somehow endangers residents.
“A stay of this court’s orders
would encourage the NYPD to return to its former practice of conducting thousands of upon thousands of improper stops,” the judge wrote.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly have slammed Scheindlin’s ruling calling the tactic discriminatory, saying that it makes police officers hesitant to stop suspicious people, leading to a spike in crime.
The city’s top lawyer says he will press for a speedy appeal.