The Herald Bulletin

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Opinion

August 19, 2013

Editorial: New York 'stop-and-frisk' policy racially discriminates

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Other questionable procedures, such as detaining someone to prevent a crime or coercing confessions, may work in solving crimes. But no matter that such tactics are effective — they are wrong.

So is "stop-and-frisk." Police departments will have to become wiser in enforcing the law. It's sad, though, that it takes harassed citizens and a federal judge to tell a major police department how it should treat people.

In summary

A federal judge got it right in ruling that New York City police can't continue a policy of stopping and frisking people who "look" like they might be criminals.

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Do you think police should use "stop-and-frisk" procedures?

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