Mayor Bloomberg had previously announced his intention to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that found the NYPD’s implementation of its controversial stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional. Now, Mr. Bloomberg has made it official.
At an unrelated press conference, Mr. Bloomberg described the steps he is preparing to make in the appeals process.
“We have to first file a notice saying that we’re going to do that,” Mr. Bloomberg said this afternoon. “That will be done certainly by tomorrow, maybe late today or tomorrow. And then there’s some other procedural steps over the next week or so. But the notice that we are appealing is a legal document and that will be filed today or tomorrow.”
A subsequent press release from the New York City Law Department clarified what the initial paperwork would look like.
“The initial legal document, called a Notice of Appeal, will be brief (perhaps 1-2 pages),” the press release stated. “It will separately include the judge’s relevant orders. It will be filed electronically with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.”
“As the Mayor and Police Commissioner Kelly said on Monday, we strongly disagree with Judge Scheindlin’s order,” counsel Michael Cordozo added. “We said we’d take immediate steps to appeal, and we plan to do so tomorrow by filing our Notice of Appeal.”
The timing of the appeal is not immediately clear and could be impacted by this year’s mayoral race as the leading Democratic candidates have said they have no plans to continue Mr. Bloomberg’s appeal if they are elected into office.
Update (4:15 p.m.): Included Mr. Bloomberg’s remarks from his press conference.