New NYC Mayor de Blasio's administration moves to drop appeal of police stop-and-frisk verdict

The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration has filed court papers seeking to drop an appeal of a judge's decision ordering major reforms to the police department's stop-and-frisk policy. The judge ruled the practice discriminated against minorities.

The new administration filed papers Thursday in Manhattan's 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A judge ruled last year that the New York Police Department had discriminated against blacks and Hispanics with how it went about stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking people on the street. The judge ordered major reforms to the department's implementation of the policy.

Then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg appealed the decision. But de Blasio, who took office at the beginning of the year, is now seeking to drop the appeal.

Police unions are seeking to carry on the appeal.