06/08/2012

Officials target NY 'stop and frisk' as racist

DOJ is urged to investigate NYPD program over claims it targets minorities

By Gerry Shields
The New York Post

WASHINGTON — A delegation of New York state, federal and city elected officials met with the Justice Department yesterday urging it to investigate the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program they said overwhelmingly targets minorities.

Assemblyman Karim Camara and City Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn led the 13-member Democratic group. They asked the DOJ to intervene in lawsuits challenging the tactic and aid legislation to cut federal funding to departments with such programs.

"No one cares more about stopping crime than we do," Camara, who is running for Congress, said after the meeting. "We want police officers to protect the community, but we also demand that they respect the community."

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