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Brooklyn Residents Mixed On Latest Stop-And-Frisk Decision

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The decision to put off the restrictions on stop-and-frisk while the case works its way through the courts is not going over so well in one community that's very familiar with the practice. NY1's Vivian lee filed the following report.

The 75th precinct in Brooklyn includes Brownsville and East New York, and happens to have had the highest number of so-called "reasonable suspicion stops" last year with 24,408.

A number of people who spoke with NY1 in Brownsville Friday morning said they recalled celebrating Judge Shira Sheindlin's ruling over the summer against the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy.

"It wasn't really much of a bother because I don't normally get stopped, you know. Then again you never know what could happen in the streets so," said one resident. "And now I'm a little worried.

Resident Anthony White says he was stopped and frisked two weeks ago. He was dismayed to learn Scheindlin had been removed from the case.

"My hat goes out to her and I also agree with what she had said," White said.

As for the higher court panel's finding that Judge Scheindlin's judgement against the policy of stop-and-frisk was impaired by bias, though some disagreed.

"That was her view so she was entitled to her view, said one Brownsville resident.

"I think it's bogus, man because they have to live out here to realize and understand what we go through," said another Brownsville resident.

There's no timetable for the appeals court judges to issue their decision on whether stop-and-frisk restrictions can take effect. But by the time they do, the issue may be moot.

Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio has a wide lead in the race for mayor, and he's promised to crack down on stop and frisk if he's elected.

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