The see-saw over stop-and-frisk continues in New York City.
Opponents of stop-and-frisk tactics by the New York Police Department were delivered a blow on Thursday, when an appeals court blocked a summer ruling that would have appointed a federal monitor to oversee changes to NYPD methods, according to published reports.
The federal appeals court said the decision would have to be stayed, until a ruling could be made in an appeal of the August edict that would have appointed a federal monitor to observe police tactics, and prevent police stops on the basis of race.
In addition to blocking the ruling, the federal appeals court removed Judge Shira Scheindlin from the case.
The appeals court found that Scheindlin compromised the court's impartiality by giving media interviews after the ruling in August.
Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio was not happy with the new ruling.
"We shouldn't have to wait for reforms that both keep our communities safe and obey the Constitution," de Blasio said. "We have to end the overuse of stop and frisk — and any delay only means a continued and unnecessary rift between our police and the people they protect."