November 4, 2014

Appeals Court Denies Police Unions’ Appeal In ‘Stop-and-Frisk’


A Federal appeals court Oct. 31 denied a request by the five police unions to intervene in the stop-and-frisk case, clearing the way for dismissal of the Bloomberg administration’s appeal of the decision that its practices were unconstitutional and allowing the remedies ordered by a lower court to proceed.

“Today’s ruling confirms the unions cannot claim they are harmed by court orders simply requiring them to comply with the Constitution,” said Baher Azmy, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, one of the plaintiffs in the class-action suit.

Lynch: Will Still Monitor

Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said in a statement, “The court made clear that the PBA’s collective-bargaining and state-law rights do not take a back seat to what is clearly a voluntary agreement between plaintiffs and the city, a point the PBA has made repeatedly since the agreement was struck by the new administration. The PBA will continue to monitor actions taken in this process moving forward to ensure that they do not violate the rights of NYC police officers.”

“I’m very disappointed,” said Roy Richter, president of the Captains’ Endowment Association. He said union lawyers were reviewing the decision “to determine our options.”