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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, flanked by (left- stop and frisk victim Nicholas Peart, and NY Police Commissioner Bill Bratton (Photo: nyc.gov)
(AURN) -- In what's seen as an historic agreement, New York's new mayor made good on a campaign promise Thursday, announcing a settlement in the city's long-running legal battle over the NYPD's 'stop and frisk' policies. Flanked by the plaintiff in the case and others, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will embrace court ordered reforms of the policy and drop an appeal.
The practice of stopping, questioning and often frisking people on the street prompted protests and allegations of racial profiling from civil rights groups.
Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network support the city of New York’s decision that will ultimately resolve Floyd, et al. v. City of New York. In a statement Reverend Sharpton said:
“This is a breakthrough moment because it underscores the City of New York’s commitment to stop a pattern of racial profiling that has been clothed in stop and frisk policing. We must all move forward with finding a way to secure citizens without profiling them. We stand with Mayor Bill de Blasio in charting a new course for this city.”
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