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Police unions act to pursue stop-and-frisk appeal

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a press conference on Feb, 3, 2014. Credit: John Roca

Five police unions Friday asked a federal appeals court to block Mayor Bill de Blasio from pulling the plug on an appeal of a federal-court decision finding the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics unconstitutional.

De Blasio last week asked the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to send the case back to a trial court, where he plans to agree on a settlement that would put a court-appointed monitor in place to oversee stop-and-frisk practices for at least three years.

But lawyers for the unions argued that the decision last year by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin was legally defective, defamed cops and required steps that would intrude on collective bargaining rights. They asked to intervene to keep the appeal alive.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association and unions representing sergeants, captains, detectives and lieutenants said that even if they aren't allowed to intervene, the appeals court should vacate Scheindlin's ruling and let de Blasio and the plaintiffs settle as they wish, without validating her findings.

Before de Blasio took office, the Second Circuit removed Scheindlin from the case for creating an appearance of bias, and the Bloomberg administration had denounced her findings.


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