New Yorkers Demand More 'police Accountability'


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Salon Staff
January 8, 2012 12:54AM (UTC)

NEW YORK (AP) — Several New York City politicians and community leaders are demanding more accountability from the city's police department when it comes to minorities.

They rallied Saturday against what they say is a culture of discrimination against minorities within the New York City Police Department. They say officers stop and search hundreds of thousands of innocent black and Hispanic men each year.

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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said last month that he was disturbed by racially hateful comments posted on Facebook, allegedly by police officers, regarding a West Indian Day Parade in September. Parade-goers were called "animals" and "savages." The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau has opened an investigation into the postings.

But the police commissioner also defended the department's aggressive policing of high-crime neighborhoods, saying it has made them safer.


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