NAACP head: Even some in NYPD oppose street stops

NAACP head: Even some in NYPD oppose street stops

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Janet Murguia (L), National Council of la Raza President and CEO, and Wade Henderson (R), Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President, listen as Ben Jealous, NAACP President, speaks to reporters outside the West Wing after a meeting with other labor leaders at the White House February 5, 2013 in Washington,DC. Obama met with labor leaders to talk about immigration reform. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the NAACP says even some members of the New York Police Department oppose the city's policy of street stops.

Benjamin Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told a Brooklyn church congregation on Sunday that the civil rights group is hearing from its members who are New York City police officers.

The NYPD's practice of stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking hundreds of thousands of people on city streets each year has received widespread criticism. Officials say the technique deters crime. Critics say the stops intimidate innocent people and raise issues of racial profiling.

The NYPD did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment on Jealous' remarks.

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