From the Daily News:
In a shocking blow to critics of racial profiling and a win for Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD, a federal appeals court has halted the stop-and-frisk reforms ordered by a judge who ruled that aspects of the controversial policing policy were unconstitutional.
Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio, whose strident opposition to stop-and-frisk helped him win the Democratic nomination, blasted the turn of events.
"I'm extremely disappointed in today's decision," de Blasio said. "We shouldn't have to wait for reforms that both keep our communities safe and obey the Constitution. We have to end the overuse of stop-and-frisk, and any delay means a continued and unnecessary rift between our police and the people they protect."
The bombshell decree handed down Thursday by a three-judge panel delays the reforms, as requested by the city, until the appeals process is complete.
The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel also unexpectedly yanked Manhattan Federal Court Judge Shira Scheindlin off the case, slamming statements she made in court and to the media as impartial and improper.
It was Scheindlin who in August ruled against the city and mandated the stop-and-frisk reforms, including an independent monitor for the NYPD.
The city almost immediately appealed the ruling and later requested a stay.