October 31, 2014, New York – Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals granted the City of New York’s request to withdraw its appeal of Floyd v. City of New York, the landmark stop-and-frisk class action lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel Beldock, Levine & Hoffman LLP and Covington & Burling LLP that found the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional and racially discriminatory. The Second Circuit simultaneously denied a request by the police unions to intervene in Floyd in order to continue the appeal following the City’s withdrawal, and lifted the stay of the court-ordered reforms that had been in place since October 31, 2013 preventing them from moving forward. Union leaders had sought to overturn the district court’s orders finding the City’s stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional and requiring comprehensive reforms, long after the de Blasio Administration accepted the court’s rulings and sought to withdraw its appeal. Many rank and file union members indicated the leadership did not represent their interests on this issue. In July, District Judge Analisa Torres rejected the unions’ initial request to intervene in the case.
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