New York Daily News

March 19, 2015, 12:47 PM



Federal judge rules police unions should have voice in stop and frisk reforms


U.S. Judge Analisa Torres of Manhattan Federal Court ruled police unions offer an important voice in reforms to stop and frisk.

The federal judge overseeing reforms to the NYPD’s stop and frisk program affirmed Thursday the “important perspective” of police unions in the overhaul.

Manhattan Federal Judge Analisa Torres said the five unions representing cops should be allowed to give input regarding any reforms proposed by the city.

After the unions voice their opinions, the reforms will go to the court-appointed federal monitor, then to Torres for final approval, she wrote.

“The monitor appointed to oversee the reforms is to consult with the parties, carefully consider each side’s perspective, harmonize their views where possible and, as soon as practicable, propose final recommendation to the court,” Torres wrote.

The new protocol is the result of the unions’ complaints regarding their lack of voice in the stop and frisk reforms posted in stationhouses throughout New York City earlier this month.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association hailed the ruling.