NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal appeals court has returned litigation over the New York Police Department's controversial 'stop-and-frisk' policy to a lower court for a potential settlement.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order Friday. The action came after New York City asked to drop its appeal of a judge's ruling finding that the NYPD was discriminatory in how it carried out its stop-and-frisk tactics.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would agree to the appointment of a monitor. Police unions had asked to take over the appeal, but the appeals court said a lower-court judge can decide whether the unions can intervene.
The New York Civil Liberties Union said the appeals court's action removes the last hurdle to negotiating a settlement.
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