NEW YORK (AP) - The federal judge who ordered an overhaul of the New York City police department's stop-and-frisk strategy has refused to delay it pending appeal.Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered changes after finding the program discriminates against minorities. She said Tuesday in Manhattan that granting the city's request would send the wrong signal.
She says a drop in stops from their 2011 peak is partly due to her earlier orders. Police have stopped, questioned and sometimes patted down about 5 million people over a decade. Scheindlin says delaying changes would send the message that reducing the number of stops somehow endangers residents. She also criticizes city officials who misinterpreted her ruling and claim it ends stop-and-frisk altogether. New York City's top lawyer says the city will press for a speedy appeal.