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NYC drops appeal in stop-and-frisk cases that judge said can discriminate against minorities

NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City has dropped its federal appeal in cases that challenged its stop-and-frisk tactic police that a judge has said sometimes discriminates against minorities.

The city’s decision is aimed at speeding reforms it has already agreed to in a settlement. The law department filed papers Wednesday with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

After a judge last year concluded that the city’s program of stopping and searching people sometimes discriminates against minorities, various police unions tried to intervene to overturn the findings. A lower-court judge last week rejected the request.

A lawyer for the Sergeants Benevolent Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.