NYPD Can 'Stop and Frisk' for a Few More Months

Judge rules that practice can continue during appeal
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2013 2:10 PM CST
In this Sunday, June 17, 2012 photo, Rev. Al Sharpton, center, walks with thousands along Fifth Avenue, during a silent march to end the "stop-and-frisk" program in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – A US district judge ruled earlier this month that a portion of New York City's controversial "stop and frisk" policy may be unconstitutional, but today she said the NYPD can continue the practice while her decision is appealed. Specifically, Judge Shira Scheindlin had ordered a halt to "trespass" stops outside private Bronx apartment buildings, in which police stopped people simply because the buildings were located in high-crime neighborhoods. Instead, police were to act only on "reasonable suspicion." The city asked Scheindlin to halt enforcement of her ruling because its inconsistence with NYPD training practices would make it confusing and difficult to implement, Bloomberg reports. (Read more stop and frisk stories.)

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