In this Jan. 3, 2014 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

[Global Post]

After a long public debate and legal battle over the NYPD’s habit of stopping and frisking people on the street – aka “Stop-and-Frisk” – new Mayor Bill de Blasio made good on his campaign pledge to reform the program.

De Blasio criticized the police practice that his Republican predecessor Michael Bloomberg had often defended, saying Stop-and-Frisk had targeted minority groups.

“We’re here today to turn the page on one of the most divisive problems in our city,”de Blasio said at a news briefing. “We believe in ending the overuse of stop-and-frisk that has unfairly targeted youngAfrican-American and Latino men.”

According to the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a plaintiff against the program, more than 80 percent of 4.3 million searchers over nine years were preformed on African-Americans and Latinos.


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