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NEW YORK (PIX11) — A federal judge has ruled that New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy violated Constitutional rights.

The policy, which has been a key part of the effort to deter crime under Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, will not be scrapped all together. Instead, an independent monitor was appointed to oversee changes to the practice from outside the NYPD. Peter L. Zimroth, a partner of the Arnold & Porter law firm, will fill the role.

As part of a 195-page decision, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin said that the policy encourages the targeting of young minority men based on how frequently they appear in crime complaints, making it a form of racial profiling.

Lawyers for the city contested that it already has multiple divisions in place to effectively monitor the department, including an internal affairs bureau, quality assurance, and a civilian complaint board.

Testimony in the case revealed there were 4.43 million police stops between 2004 and mid-2012, with about 88 percent of those ending without arrest or issuing a ticket.

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