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Detroit traffic cops learning stop and frisk tactics

Published August 20, 2013

  • Aug. 13: Police officers talk with a woman who had her phone stolen in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New YorK. (AP)
Detroit, a city plagued by an increase of murders and shootings, is considering implementing the controversial police practice known as stop and frisk.
The practice allows police officers to stop and search individuals that fit descriptions of suspects or people engaged in suspicious activity. Opponents say minorities are often unfairly targeted. Last week, a New York judge ruled stop and frisk unconstitutional. New York promised to appeal the ruling and credit the city's drop in crime to the program, reported.
Erik Ewing, an assistant police chief in Detroit, told
that the policy is not racial profiling, "just officers doing good constitutional police work." He went on to say the Detroit police department is already a stop-and-frisk agency.
Detroit is using the Manhattan Institute and Bratton Group, the same consultants that the NYPD used to train its officers. Detroit's traffic police are going to be trained to "prevent street crime through the use of traffic stops," The Detroit News reported.

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