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New York City Council Seeks to Limit Police Stop-and-Frisks

The New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy came under attack from city council members considering four laws that would restrict the encounters and create an inspector general to monitor the practices.

Police stopped 685,724 people they deemed suspicious on streets in 2011, of whom 84 percent were black or Hispanic, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based nonprofit that in 2008 filed a federal civil-rights suit in Manhattan against the NYPD over the tactic.