Feds Oppose NYPD Over Stop and Frisk

     A New York Police Department car guards a Shell gasoline station on November 9, 2012 in New York as New York City begins to ration gas according to license plate number. Plates ending in odd numbers will be able to get gas on odd calender days, even number plates on even days. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Obama Administration is taking a side in the controversial NYPD stop-and-frisk trial. The Justice Department notified city officials on Wednesday that it is preparing a brief that will back the plaintiffs from the Center for Constitutional Rights, who argue that city police officers are stopping people based on their race. The move makes it more likely that the trial judge will appoint a federal monitor to oversee the department. Mayor Bloomberg’s expansion of the stop-and-frisk program resulted in 533,042 stops last year, 87 percent of them on blacks or Latinos. DOJ officials have until Thursday to file the brief.

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