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Calls for federal probe of NYPD's stop and frisk strategy

October 19, 2011 2:19:07 PM PDT
New York City politicians are calling for a federal probe of the NYPD's "stop and frisk" strategy.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and state Sen. Eric Adams said at a news conference Wednesday that federal prosecutors need to step in to protect the rights of minorities.

The strategy resulted in street stops of more than 500,000 people last year. Civil rights advocates say most of them were young black men and Hispanic men who were innocent.

The NYPD claims the effort is essential for taking guns off the street and preventing crime in neighborhoods where men of color make up the vast majority of murder and shooting victims.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn declined comment.


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