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Judge rules N.Y. stop-and-frisk policy violated rights

Orders remedies, appoints lawyer to oversee program

NEW YORK — A federal judge ruled Monday that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of minorities in New York and called for a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms.

In a blistering decision that repudiates a major element in the crime-fighting legacy of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin found that police had “adopted a policy of indirect racial profiling” that targeted young minority men for stops. Bloomberg said the city would appeal the ruling, angrily accusing the judge of deliberately not giving the city “a fair trial.”

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