The city law department filed an official notice of appeal Friday over a judge's recent ruling against the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy.
It's the first legal step towards filing an actual appeal of federal judge Shira Scheindlin's decision Monday, to which Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly voiced strong objections.
During his weekly radio show Friday, the mayor teed off on his potential Democratic successors, accusing them of dangerous political posturing.
"This would be a disaster for the city. But the thing that is the most fascinating to me is that the candidates - the three leading - probably all five of the Democratic candidates say, 'Oh we'd drop the appeal right away.' Think about it. They want to be mayor and they want outsiders to come in and tell them what to do," Bloomberg said.
The judge ruled stop-and-frisk leads to widespread racial profiling against black and Latino men, even if it's not intentional.