NYPD stop-and-frisk case returned to lower court

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has returned litigation over the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy to a lower court for a potential settlement.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York issued the order Friday. Earlier, a lower-court judge had found that the NYPD was discriminatory in how it carried out its stop-and-frisk tactics, and New York City had appealed that finding, but the city had recently asked to drop its own appeal.

Police unions had asked to take over the appeal, but the appeals court said a lower-court judge can decide whether the unions can intervene. The New York Civil Liberties Union says the appeals court's action removes the last hurdle to negotiating a settlement.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says the city would agree to the appointment of a monitor.

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