New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that the city would be dropping an appeal against a ruling that found the city's stop-and-frisk policy to be in violation of civil rights. A large part of De Blasio's campaign platform was reforming stop-and-frisk, which critics say—and statistics show—overwhelmingly targets minorities.
The deal would follow the direction of last August's ruling, which appointed a court monitor to oversee reforms to police procedure. While Judge Shira Scheindlin's decision did not specify a duration for the monitor's work, the deal from de Blasio's administration would appoint a federal monitor for three years. After that an NYPD inspector general would take over.
At the press conference held in Brooklyn to announce the proposed deal, Police Commissioner William Bratton said, "We will not break the law to enforce the law. That’s my solemn promise to every New Yorker, regardless of where they were born, where they live, or what they look like."
The city's police union has until February 7 to file any objections to the deal. A spokesperson said that they are in the process of compiling their statements.
More than 5 million suspects were stopped by police during the Bloomberg administration. Only 10 percent of those stopped were charged with a crime, and only 2 percent were found to be carrying weapons.