NYC drops federal appeal in stop-and-frisk cases

(AP) -- New York City has dropped its federal appeal in cases that challenged its police stop-and-frisk tactic that a judge has said sometimes discriminates against minorities.
The city's decision is aimed at speeding reforms it has already agreed to in a settlement.
The law department filed papers Wednesday with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
After a judge last year concluded that the city sometimes discriminates against minorities with its stop-and-frisk program, various police unions tried to intervene to overturn the findings. A lower-court judge last week rejected the request.
A lawyer for the Sergeants Benevolent Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.