published Monday, February 18th, 2013

NAACP head: Even some in NYPD oppose street stops

NEW YORK — The head of the NAACP says even some members of the New York Police Department oppose the city’s policy of street stops.

Benjamin Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told a Brooklyn church congregation on Sunday that the civil rights group is hearing from its members who are New York City police officers.

The NYPD’s practice of stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking hundreds of thousands of people on city streets each year has received widespread criticism. Officials say the technique deters crime. Critics say the stops intimidate innocent people and raise issues of racial profiling.

The NYPD did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment on Jealous’ remarks.

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