The U.S. district judge who ruled a key part of the NYPD Stop-and-Frisk tactic is unconstitutional has temporarily reversed her decision, the Wall Street Journal reported.
On Jan. 7, Manhattan Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that it was illegal for police officers patrolling private residential buildings in the Bronx to stop someone under suspicion of trespass. The ruling was in response to Ligon vs. the City of New York, a challenge to the "Clean Halls" program.
The judge has decided to reverse her own ruling - and not because of a legal discrepancy or a flaw in the ruling, but rather due to the potential administrative costs to the NYPD.
The city requested Scheindlin lift the ban, arguing that to stop so suddenly would entail training and administrative expenses on the part of the NYPD that may exceed what becomes necessary after the final ruling.
"Any unnecessary administrative costs imposed on the NYPD will be in some sense irreversible," Scheindlin said.
City attorney Heidi Grossman said, "We believe the court correctly lifted the immediate relief it had ordered."