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De Blasio dropping stop-and-frisk appeal

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NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has filed court papers seeking to drop an appeal of a judge’s decision ordering major reforms to the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy.

The papers were filed Thursday in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.

Joined by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and incoming Corporation Counsel Zach Carter in Brownsville, the mayor pledged to reunite police and communities across the city.

“This is a defining moment in our history. It’s a defining moment for millions of our families, especially those with young men of color. And it will lay the foundation for not only keeping us the safest big city in America, but making us safer still. This will be one city, where everyone’s rights are respected, and where police and community stand together to confront violence,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Under the agreement announced Thursday, a court-appointed monitor will serve for three years to oversee the NYPD’s reform of the stop-and-frisk policy.

A judge ruled last year that the New York Police Department had discriminated against blacks and Hispanics with how it went about stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking people on the street. The judge ordered major reforms to the department’s implementation of the policy.

Then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg appealed the decision. But de Blasio, who took office at the beginning of the year, is now seeking to drop the appeal.

But the case isn’t over yet: Police unions are seeking to intervene and carry on the appeal.