New York City's new mayor, Bill De Blasio, delivered on his campaign promise to reform stop-and-frisk police tactics. The Democratic mayor announced on Thursday he is agreeing with the appointment of a monitor and will work to end the 14-year court fight that culminated in a judge's ruling that the city had discriminated while trying to reduce crime.
"We believe these steps will make everyone safer," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference after city lawyers asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to return the case to the lower court to explore a resolution.
"This will be one city where everyone rises together, where everyone's rights are protected," said DeBlasio.
Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City's first Hispanic City Council president, said
He said the city agreed to the appointment of a monitor for three years to oversee the creation of reforms aimed at ending discrimination. The monitor will oversee a process in which those communities most affected by the stop-and-frisk tactics will provide input on the reforms.
Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City's first Hispanic City Council president, said in a statement, “Today’s news is long overdue for New York’s communities of color who for too long were being disproportionally stopped and frisked. I applaud the de Blasio administration for taking the bold step to drop this appeal so we can finally begin to bring NYPD and communities who were targeted excessively by stop and frisk together."
The Puerto Rican-born City Council president added, "NYPD is the best police force in the world, and the Council looks forward to working with them to help keep New Yorkers safe while also protecting civil rights."
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said too many people who had been frisked had asked, "Why, why me?" while police officers were being pressed to make more arrests, even though the city's crime rate had been dropping.
The Associated Press also contributed to the report.