NY judge refuses to delay stop-and-frisk overhaul, saying to do so would send the wrong signal

The federal judge who ordered an overhaul of the New York City police department's stop-and-frisk strategy has refused to delay it pending appeal.

Judge Shira Scheindlin (SHYND'-lihn) ordered changes after finding the program discriminates against minorities. She said Tuesday in Manhattan that granting the city's request would send the wrong signal.

She says a decrease in the number of stops from their peak in 2011 is already due in part to her earlier orders. Police have stopped, questioned and sometimes patted down about 5 million people over a decade.

Scheindlin says delaying the effects of her decision would send the message that reducing the number of stops somehow endangers residents.

She also criticizes city officials who have misinterpreted her ruling and claimed it ends stop-and-frisk altogether.

City lawyers did not immediately comment.