NYC Police Unions Seek Role in Stop-and-Frisk Dispute
NEW YORK (AP)—Police unions have asked a federal appeals court to let them continue stop-and-frisk litigation in case New York City drops the case when Bill de Blasio becomes mayor.
The unions filed papers Thursday with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They represent more than 29,000 of the New York Police Department’s 35,000 members.
The unions want to continue challenges to two court rulings. Those found that officers sometimes violated the Constitution when carrying out the stop-and-frisk policy.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, stated in a press release that the ruling will “directly affect the reputation of all New York City police officers.”
The unions said the rulings would unfairly taint the integrity of the police force and rewrite rules governing officer conduct.
The unions noted that the election of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio as mayor means the city might withdraw its challenge.
De Blasio has said he would drop the appeal but could also settle with those urging reforms, eliminating federal oversight.
Epoch Times staff member Ivan Pentchoukov contributed to this report.