August 20, 2013

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.

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