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Judge Denies Union's 'Stop-and-Frisk' Claims

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has rejected efforts by police unions to overturn a ruling concluding that New York City's stop-and-frisk tactics are sometimes discriminatory.

Judge Analisa Torres issued the decision Wednesday. The unions had sued to get the ruling overturned after the city decided to settle the case. It agreed to make reforms to the program to ensure there is no discrimination against minorities.

The judge rejected the unions' claims the reputations of their members were damaged by the decision finding discrimination.

She says employees suffer no legally protectable harm to their reputation merely because their employer is found liable in a lawsuit. She also says they had no legal standing.

She says police unions can participate in a process to reform the stop-and-frisk program.

A union official promised an appeal.

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