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Police Unions Ask Court To Speed Up Stop-And-Frisk Ruling

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- New York City police unions have asked a federal appeals court to hurry its decision on whether they can continue stop-and-frisk litigation if Mayor Bill de Blasio drops the case.

In papers filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week, union lawyers asked for a decision on whether they can intervene and continue the appeal of decisions that found officers sometimes violated the Constitution when carrying out the stop-and-frisk policy.

Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled in August that police officers sometimes carried out stop-and-frisk unconstitutionally by discriminating against minorities. A three-judge panel later removed Scheindlin from the case, saying she had misapplied a ruling that allowed her to preside over the stop-and-frisk cases and had made statements in media interviews that jeopardized the appearance of judicial objectivity. The panel, however, did not overturn the ruling, and the Bloomberg Administration continued to carry out its appeal.

De Blasio, however, has said he will drop the city's appeal. New Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who was sworn in Thursday, has vowed to end predecessor Ray Kelly's controversial stop-and-frisk tactics.

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