New York City police caused quite civil rights stir after several citizens began reporting that the region’s stop-and-frisk laws were too invasive and an offshoot of racial profiling. Back in August, Judge Shira Scheindlin stated that the NYPD had indeed violated citizens’ rights through racial profiling and targeted searches.
What came as a move towards victory however was stalled Thursday when a federal appeals court found that Scheindlin “ran afoul of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges,” by exposing her partiality through granted interviews about the case. Scheindlin has been taken off the case and thus her ruling, which would have reformed the law enforcement system around these issues, is momentarily blocked.
A new judge will be selected to lead the case and a new set of arguments will not be heard until March of 2014.