Bloomberg vows appeal of 'stop and frisk' verdict
NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is vowing to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the New York Police Department violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers with its stop-and-frisk policy.
Bloomberg said at a news conference Monday that the judge displayed a "disturbing disregard" for the "good intentions" of police officers.
The mayor says the judge didn't give the city a fair trial.
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the notion that the police department engages in racial profiling is "recklessly untrue."
U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled in the case of four men who say police unfairly targeted them because of their race. There have been about 5 million stops during the past decade, mostly of black and Hispanic men.
Scheindlin appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to stop-and-frisk.
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