Five police unions have asked to intervene in the federal lawsuit over NYPD stop and frisk policies, arguing that reforms ordered by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin could increase their workload and risks.
"The establishment of a federal monitor may directly impact our members' safety, day-to-day responsibilities and collective bargaining and other rights," Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said in a statement.
Scheindlin found a pattern of unconstitutional stops that targeted minorities and named former city lawyer Peter Zimroth as a monitor to oversee changes in training, supervision and discipline.
By intervening, the unions hope to join the city's appeal of Scheindlin's rulings and participate in plans to implement her orders if they are not overturned.
In addition to the patrolmen, unions representing lieutenants, captains, detectives and sergeants filed papers in federal court in Manhattan Wednesday night and Thursday morning.