Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Report: NYPD To Issue New Stop And Frisk Forms

City police officers who stop and frisk people on the street will soon have to give a better explanation for their actions, according a published report.

The Daily News says the New York City Police Department is changing stop and frisk forms to include a new field called "Reason For Force Used."

The field gives officers six options to choose from, including whether the person stopped was reaching for a suspected weapon.

There's also a box marked "other" which allows officers to give a more detailed reason.

The NYPD says the move is an effort to give police officials a better understanding of the circumstances of street stops.

The department has been accused of stopping and harrassing many black and Hispanic men without arresting them.

The New York Civil Liberties Union says giving officers options to check only allows them to justify their actions.

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