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Stop-And-Frisk Case Caught On Tape Casts Doubt On How It’s Conducted In Philadelphia

By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The police tactic known as “stop-and-frisk” continues to generate controversy in Philadelphia, especially after a couple of high-profile cases, recently, have brought out critics.

***WARNING: The following video contains explicit language and content that may be inappropriate to some***


The above YouTube video records two 25th District police officers stopping two men walking down the street.

“This video is something that I think everyone should see, particularly white Philadelphians,” Mary Catherine Roper of the American Civil Liberties Union says.

She says the video shows the problems with the way stop-and-frisk is often conducted in the city, despite a consent decree in which the police department agreed to stricter training and supervision.

Department spokesman Lt. John Stanford says most officers get it:

“The vast majority of our officers go out and give our citizens 100-percent each and every day, providing great service and protection. We’re not going to allow the poor judgement of one individual to speak for this department.”

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