A federal judge ruled Monday that the New York Police Department violated the civil rights of those who were stopped under its "stop-and-frisk" policy.

U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin also called for an independent monitor to oversee major changes to the policy including training, supervision, monitoring, and discipline, reports Fox News.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to appeal the ruling, calling it disturbing at a press conference.

Judge Scheindlin said officers conducted stops under the policy in a "racially discriminatory manner" and police leaders ignored warnings since 1999 that those being stopped had their rights violated.

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