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(AURN) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today chimed in on New York's controversial 'Stop and Frisk' policy--one that allows for police stops and searches with cause or suspicion.
Holder is asking for the judge presiding over a civil challenge to the program, to provide independent federal oversight for the NYPD, if the program is deemed unconstitutional.
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The program has long been a source of controversy in that it disproportionately targets young Blacks and Hispanics.
The Justice Department filing says, "Where there exist a pattern or practice of police misconduct, a court has broad discretion to enter injunctive relief aimed at remedying that conduct ... "A court-appointed monitor in this case would help the court ensure that, if any pattern or practice is found to exist, it is effectively and substantially remedied."
In reaction, Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network salute the United States Department of Justice for the move.
The National Action Network has always demanded federal monitoring of the NYPD due to patterns and practices of police activity that violates the civil liberties of many of its residents, particularly its' Black and Hispanic young men.
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