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Judge: Researcher To Help Oversee Stop-And-Frisk Reform

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A federal judge on Wednesday appointed another member of the team overseeing efforts to reform the city police department's stop, question, and frisk program.

District Court judge Shira Scheindlin says Nicholas Turner will be working to make sure there is community input in the process by organizing town hall-style meetings.

Turner heads the Vera Institute, which is an independent organization that works to improve police relationships within communities.

He will work with court appointed independent monitor Peter Zimroth on reforming the police tactic.

The appointments come as a result of a federal class action suit that alleged that police officers were pressured to stop, question and frisk hundreds of thousands of people by establishing quotas and racial profiling.

The federal judge ruled the policy violates the constitutional rights of New Yorkers.

However, the city argues the stops were done legally in high-crime areas.

It also calls stop-and-frisk a life-saving, crime-fighting tool.

The city is currently appealing the case.

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