An appeals court blocked the landmark stop-and-frisk ruling while it considers an appeal, and removed the district court judge who issued the initial ruling for ethics violations. But the appeals panel has not yet weighed in on the substance of the case.
Barneys, the high-end fashion mecca in one of Manhattan's most expensive retail blocks, is facing questions and a civil lawsuit after the store's loss prevention officers detained 19-year-old Trayon Christian, a black student at the NYC College of Technology.
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Undercover agents, targeted wiretaps, and dogged investigatory work by New York Police Department officers over a period of ten months led this week to what is being dubbed the largest gun smuggling bust in New York City history. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg is tipping his hat to stop-and-frisk.
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly enthusiastically defended the city's use of "stop and frisk," citing high crime rates among minority communities and arguing that abandoning the program will increase violent crime.