NEW YORK - Protesters gathered in Manhattan this week, calling on the city to drop its appeal of stop-and-frisk reforms.

Elected officials and community leaders stood united on the steps of City Hall in response to a U.S. appeals court decision that put a hold on Judge Shira Scheindlin's ruling that the controversial police tactic is unconstitutional.

Her ruling would have required sweeping changes to stop-and-frisk, which protesters say are needed in order to improve safety and protect the public's civil rights.

The NYPD has consistently maintained that stop-and-frisk is necessary to fight crime.