NYC asks court to vacate order curbing stop-and-frisk by police

City attorneys have asked aUS appeals court to vacate a federal judge's decision orderingthe New York Police Department to curtail its stop-and-frisktactics, after the same court removed the judge from the casebut left her ruling intact.

The "public perception of the NYPD has been clouded" by USDistrict Judge Shira Scheindlin's August ruling against thedepartment, city attorneys wrote in the motion filed lateSaturday.

Scheindlin's order "lends credence to the notion that theNYPD unfairly targets minorities for stops and frisks,undermining its ability to carry out its mission effectively,"New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardoza wrote.

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