1. STOP AND FRISK NO MORE

    NYC to Create Police Watchdog

    FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2012 file photo, Det. Anthony Mannuzza, left, and Police Officer Robert Martin, right, simulate a street stop during a training session at the New York Police Department's training facility in Rodman's Neck, in the Queens borough of New York, as the NYPD was re-training thousands of officers on how to do street stops amid a wave of criticism about the department’s controversial stop, question and frisk policy. In the ongoing federal trial over stop and frisk, lawyers for men who have sued police are seeking to show a disproportionate number of black and Hispanic men are being wrongly stopped in part because officers are under too much pressure to keep enforcement numbers up. (AP Photo/Colleen Long, File)

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    The New York Police Department may have gotten a bit too big for its already extra large britches in recent years, what with all the stopping and frisking and reports of surveillance programs targeted at Muslims, so the New York City council has decided to take matters into its own hands and rein the cops in. The City Council voted Thursday to create an independent police watchdog in order to crack down on racial profiling. “New Yorkers know that we can keep our city safe from crime and terrorism without profiling our neighbors,” said Councilman Brad Lander, who, along with fellow Councilman Jumaane Williams, got the watchdog plan off the ground.

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