A federal judge is letting an NYPD stop-and-frisk program in the Bronx called "Operation Clean Halls" that she already ruled to be unconstitutional resume while a related case goes through the courts, after city officials argued it would be too costly to suspend the program for a short while.
On January 8, Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that it is unconstitutional for police officers to conduct stop-and-frisks at privately owned buildings in the Grand Concourse section of the Bronx at landlords' requests.
The judge said officers acted unconstitutionally by making stops without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
City officials asked for the program to continue, saying it would be too expensive to implement an order now that could wind up being reversed.
In her ruling Tuesday, Scheindlin says the program is still unconstitutional, saying there is "conflict between the liberty and dignity of those who may be stopped as a result of a stay, and the public safety interest."
The City Law Department says in a statement that the judge acted "correctly" in her latest decision.
A broader lawsuit on the city's stop-and-frisk practices is set to go to trial in March. The judge refused to delay that case.