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A federal appeals court refused Friday to toss out a ruling that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy was carried out in a discriminatory manner, ending what is likely the last chance to nullify the decision before the arrival of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who has criticized the tactic.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals issued a five-page order saying the city could try to reverse the ruling of District Judge Shira Scheindlin in an appeal next year. Last month, the panel suspended the effects of Scheindlin’s ruling and took her off the case.

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