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NYC to file stop-and-frisk settlement soon

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A New York Police Department (NYPD) car sits parked in Times Square. (Aug.12, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

New York City expects to file in two weeks an agreed-upon settlement of stop-and-frisk lawsuits that would put the city's practices under court supervision for five years, according to court papers.

The settlement has been expected since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in January that the city would drop its appeal of a ruling that found the NYPD's street-stop practices unconstitutional, and would agree to a court monitor to oversee reforms for three years.

The update on the progress of settlement talks, filed Tuesday with U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in federal court in Manhattan, was the first indication that court supervision would continue for at least two years beyond the monitorship.

That would extend federal court oversight of stop and frisk beyond de Blasio's first term, potentially into the administration of a successor. Police unions have opposed a settlement, and are still seeking standing to block it.


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