A federal appeals court yesterday blocked changes to the New York Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk that had been imposed by a lower court and removed the judge from the case. A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, writing on their decision to remove the judge, said that the "appearance of partiality surrounding this litigation was compromised." Stop-and-frisk has been a major source of conflict in the mayoral race. "I'm extremely disappointed in today's decision," said Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio in a statement. "We shouldn't have to wait for reforms that both keep our communities safe and obey the Constitution. 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." Republican candidate Joe Lhota applauded the decision to remove the judge. "Bravo!" he wrote.
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