Federal judge approves settlement overhauling how NYPD handles protests

A federal judge on Wednesday gave final approval to a settlement that will overhaul how the NYPD polices protests in the city going forward, over the objections of the department’s largest union.

Federal District Court Judge Colleen McMahon rejected arguments by the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) — the union representing 24,000 rank-and-file cops — that the settlement reached in September to the Payne v. De Blasio litigation would harm the public interest and the safety of police officers.