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Friday, January 31, 2014

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Settles In Stop-And-Frisk Case

New York City Police Department Explorers attend a press conference held by Mayor Bill DeBlasio announcing the city will not appeal a judge's ruling that the police tactic 'Stop-and-Frisk' is unconstitutional, which the judge had ruled over last summer, on January 30, 2014 in in the Brownsville neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

New York City Police Department Explorers attend a press conference held by Mayor Bill DeBlasio announcing the city will not appeal a judge’s ruling that the police tactic ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ is unconstitutional, which the judge had ruled over last summer, on January 30, 2014 in in the Brownsville neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Newly-elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday that the city has settled its 14-year legal battle over a controversial police stop-and-frisk policy.

The practice became popular under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who credited the stops with lower crime and murder rates in the city.

In August, a judge in Manhattan’s Federal District Court found that department’s stop and frisk tactics were unconstitutional. The judge in the case referred to it as “a policy of indirect racial profiling.”

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Robert Gangi, director of the Police Reform Organizing Project at the Urban Justice Center, about whether this move is enough to stop the unfair policing and racial tensions between minority communities and police.

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