March 19, 2015 | 5:38pm  

 

Police unions must be consulted on stop-and-frisk reforms: judge

By Rich Calder and Shawn Cohen

In a very slight concession to the NYPD, a federal judge on Thursday said city police unions should have input into any new reforms to the use of stop-and-frisk.

Manhattan federal Judge Analisa Torres’ ruling means the city must share with its five police unions any proposals for future stop-and-frisk policy changes before seeking blessing from plaintiffs in the case and a court-appointed monitor.

The new rule is a result of the unions complaining they were shut out of reforms posted at city police station houses earlier this month, such as officers no longer being allowed to stop and frisk people for making “furtive movements” or because they’re hanging out in a “high-crime area.”

“We are pleased that the court recognized the important role of the PBA in the process and provided for the input of the union prior to any final decisions regarding implementation,” said Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch.

Judge Shira Scheindlin in August 2013 ruled that the city’s stop-and-frisk tactics illegally targeted minorities in violation of the Constitution, and she ordered sweeping reforms, including appointment of an outside monitor.

Torres was assigned the case in November 2013 after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals booted Scheindlin off it while also questioning her impartiality.

The city had challenged Schiendlin’s ruling under former Mayor Mike Bloomberg but agreed to settle the suits after Mayor deBlasio took office in 2014.

Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said he was pleasantly “surprised” by Torres’ decision.

“It’s a big recognition where the judge is at least giving us an opportunity to speak,” he said.

The PBA and SBA had asked to be given the chance to raise any objections in changes directly to the court – but Torres sided with the city and the plaintiffs in lawsuits that challenged the NYPD policy by denying that request.

Instead, the unions will be allowed to consult with the city without being able to use the courts to delay or block policy changes.