Scheindlin heard a bench trial that ended in the spring and coincided with a groundswell of backlash against the stop-and-frisk tactic, which became a mayoral race flashpoint. She noted in her ruling this summer that she wasn’t putting an end to the practice, which is constitutional, but was reforming the way the NYPD implemented its stops.
The Center for Constitutional Rights, which represented the four men who sued, said it was dismayed that the appeals court delayed “the long-overdue process to remedy the NYPD’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practices” and was shocked that it “cast aspersions” on the judge’s professional conduct and reassigned the case.
De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, said he was “extremely disappointed” in yesterday’s decision.
“We have to end the overuse of stop and frisk — and any delay only means a continued and unnecessary rift between our police and the people they protect,” he said in a statement.
His Republican challenger, Joe Lhota, a deputy under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, praised it.
“The next mayor absolutely must continue this appeal,” he said.