COLLEEN LONG,Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 1,500 officers are receiving new hands-on training at the New York Police Department to improve how police stop people on the street.
The new training involves hands-on scenarios where officers react to a situation where someone may be stopped, questioned and frisked. The officers are critiqued on how they did by their peers and other more experienced officers.
New York City media were shown the training Wednesday amid a growing wave of criticism over the tactic.
Last year, about 685,000 people were stopped by police. About half were frisked. The majority of those stopped were black and Hispanic. Critics say the policy unfairly targets minorities.
A federal judge has given class-action status to a lawsuit against the department.
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