Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk initiative was unconstitutional. Because the city can never simply take an L, they appealed the ruling yesterday, starting a battle between the city and its defenders.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg credits stop-and-frisk for helping to reduce the city's crime rate, and basically laughed at the notion that the next mayor—most likely Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson or Bill de Blasio—would abolish the initiative. They've all promised to do so; we'll see if that happens.
Here's some languange from the appeal:
We are very disappointed that the City has signaled it will continue to be part of the problem rather than partnering with us and the community to be part of the solution. After nine weeks of trial and solid evidence, the judge found the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics unconstitutional. New Yorkers have denounced these tactics for over a decade and now the federal court has spoken. It is time for Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly to do the right thing and listen to and address these concerns. A police department that protects our city and respects the rights of all New Yorkers is possible.
Gothamist notes that a respectable source with knowledge of legal situations says there is "little ground for appeal," and that judge Schiendling "is an extremely strong judge who is very, very rarely reversed." Good luck, New York City.