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Federal appeals court blocks judge’s stop-and-frisk ruling

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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has blocked a judge’s order requiring changes to the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program and has removed the judge from the case.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York took the actions in an order issued Thursday.

The court says the decisions of Judge Shira Scheindlin (SHEER’-uh SHIND’-lin) will be stayed pending the outcome of an appeal by the city.

The judge had ruled in August the city violated the Constitution in the way it carried out its program of stopping and questioning people.

The city appealed her findings and her remedial orders, including a decision to assign a monitor to help the police department changes its policy and training program associated with it.

The appeals court heard arguments Tuesday on the requested stay.