Stop-and-frisk searches drop in second quarter of 2013

 New data shows that the number of stop-and-frisk stops in New York City over recent months fell to levels not seen in nearly 10 years.

The New York Times says city lawyers cited the numbers in a letter sent Tuesday to a federal judge. The judge ruled this month that the police department violated the civil rights of minorities with the policy. She ordered an outside monitor to oversee major changes.

The city on Tuesday asked the judge to hold off on implementing her ruling until their appeal is decided.

The data showed that from April through June, police conducted 58,000 stops, compared to 99,000 during the first quarter of 2013. The number was well below the 203,000 stops in the first quarter of 2012.