Stop-and-Frisk Appeal

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New York Times

August, 2014
The City of New York tried to close out a bitter and racially divisive chapter in the city’s history on Wednesday when it filed a motion to withdraw its appeal of a federal court ruling declaring that the tactics underlying the Police Department’s notorious stop-and-frisk program violated the constitutional rights of minority citizens.

Unfortunately, the police sergeants’ union has filed a motion opposing the appeal’s withdrawal. The court should ignore it and help put this ugly period behind us. The motion for withdrawal was filed jointly with the Center for Constitutional Rights, the civil rights organization that brought the suit in 2008.

Originally published here.