In a surprise ruling earlier this evening, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit temporarily blocked an earlier federal ruling that would have curtailed the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
While the decision is a significant win for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the man most likely to lead City Hall in 2014 isn’t on board. Read More
Pointing to a rising rate of shootings in one Brooklyn precinct, Joe Lhota warned yet again that his main rival in the mayor’s race, Democrat Bill de Blasio, would usher in a new crime wave if he’s elected.
“I know most New Yorkers are so accustomed to having safe streets, but the past few weeks have shown us … what can happen if I believe our police officers are not able do their job because of the City Council legislation,” said Mr. Lhota, who has made public safety a centerpiece of his campaign. Read More
Police reform advocates denounced Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the steps of City Hall today, sharply criticizing the city’s repeated attempts to bat back a court decision clamping down on the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic.
“Let’s be clear, I have never seen such arrogance—some hardheadedness, it must be a psychosis,” declared Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, one of the leading advocates on the issue and a frequent critic of the Bloomberg administration. “That everybody can repudiate you as wrong on this issue and you still want your legacy to be as much damage to community and policing in this city as possible, that even on your way out you’re doing as much as you can to send us in the wrong direction.” Read More
Senator Chuck Schumer made sure his endorsement event for Bill de Blasio this afternoon undermined the messaging of his Republican rival in the mayor’s race, Joe Lhota.
Bill Thompson wants one of his rival’s newest ads off the air.
Mr. Thompson demanded Public Advocate Bill de Blasio take down a television commercial because it states that Mr. de Blasio is the “only” candidate who will “end a stop-and-frisk era that targets minorities.”
“I think that if you look at Bill saying he’s the only one to end stop-and-frisk, that’s just not true,” an enraged Mr. Thompson told reporters at a press conference outside police headquarters at One Police Plaza. Read More
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. “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 press release from the New York City Law Department clarified what the initial paperwork would look like. Read More
At a press conference littered with grisly imagery, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ripped apart a federal court ruling today that found current stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional.
“This is a very dangerous decision made by a judge that does not understand how policing works and what is compliant with the Constitution as determined by the Supreme Court,” Mr. Bloomberg said at a jam-packed press conference at City Hall with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at his side.
“I worry for my kids and I worry for your kids and I worry for you and I worry for me. Crime can come back at any time,” he warned. Read More
Critics of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice, including many of the candidates vying to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, applauded a judge’s ruling this morning declaring the city’s current use of the tactic unconstitutional.
In a round of strongly worded statements, the Democratic hopefuls repeatedly said the ruling reaffirmed what they already knew: police had overstepped their boundaries by stopping hundreds of thousands of young men, overwhelmingly young black and Latino, on insufficient grounds. Read More
In a major blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s much-touted policing agenda, a judge has declared the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy in violation of constitutional rights.
“[T]he City adopted a policy of indirect racial profiling by targeting racially defined groups for stops based on local crime suspect data,” ruled the federal judge, Shira Scheindlin. “This has resulted in the disproportionate and discriminatory stopping of blacks and Hispanics in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.” Read More