NY officials glad police stop-frisk ruling blocked

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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, police officers take a report from a woman who had her phone stolen in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. A federal appeals court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, blocked a judge's order requiring changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say they're pleased with a federal appeals court ruling that blocks a judge's order requiring changes to the police department's stop-and-frisk program.

City lawyer Michael Cardozo says Thursday's ruling allows for a fresh and independent look at the issue.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the decisions of Judge Shira Scheindlin (SHEER'-uh SHIND'-lin) will be stayed pending the outcome of an appeal by the city. It has removed her from the case.

The judge ruled in August the city discriminated against minorities with the police tactic of stopping and questioning people because of a reasonable suspicion a crime was about to occur or had occurred. She ordered major changes.

The city appealed.

Supporters of changes to the program say the changes will end unfair practices. Opponents say they won't reduce crime.