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NYPD Officer Pleads Not Guilty In Murder Of Unarmed 18-Year-Old

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Graham’s shooting inflamed an already tense relationship between New York City’s low-income communities of color and the NYPD, and prompted a review of the department’s street narcotics units.

Criticism Of Stop-And-Frisk Policy

The department is facing increasing criticism for its street-level policing practices, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. Critics say its so-called stop-and-frisk policy which last year resulted in nearly 700,000 encounters between police and citizens has led to the criminalization of minority youth. As with every year over the past decade, the vast majority of those stopped were African American or Latino and nearly nine out of 10 had committed no crime.

As a result, the Department of Justice announced last week that it is reviewing the controversial policy, following demands by campaigners who say the tactic is unconstitutional and racially discriminatory.

If justice department officials decided to launch a federal investigation or to intervene in lawsuits that are already under way, it would deal a significant blow to a policy that has been championed by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and his police chief Ray Kelly.

And that at least would be a small step forward.

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12:49PM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Amadou Diallo.

9:00PM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

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5:52AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

@ Will
You are absolutely right. White people usually do not protest when a white person gets shot by the police. I believe that there are 2 reasons for that. Most white people are not racist and will do nothing to appear racist so of course we are not going to protest a white guy getting shot even if he was our next door neighbor. White people don't really have the same rights of cultural and community pride as the minority people in this country. We do not do anything that could exclude any person of any race because we are the bad ones in the equation. Of course white people get shot by police too. I see news reports about police standoffs or a guy got shot by police for doing this or that but honestly if the guy didn't want to get shot then he probably shouldn't have been breaking the law. Would you want to have to explain to the minority community why you were angry over a white person getting shot in your town if you weren't out there protesting when something happened in their town or to any minority anywhere? It is not ok for a white person to protest the unfair treatment of other white people or even mention it to anyone because if you do then everyone will see you as a racist and you would be hated by everyone of every color. Plus usually if someone who was white was in the same situation I would have probably just mentioned that if the criminal had any brains in his head then when he heard the cops yelling that he had a gun he probably should have raised h

11:56AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Over a petty drug like pot! Sadness for his family & loved ones, no reason for such a tragedy to have taken place. Obviously these cops need to relearn ask questions first, shoot as a last result not the other way around.

11:55AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Over a petty drug like pot! Sadness for his family & loved ones, no reason for such a tragedy to have taken place. Obviously these cops need to relearn ask questions first, shoot as a last result not the other way around.

4:25AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Another trigger-happy cop!

4:20AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

He needs to be found guilty and punished!!!

2:31AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Why is it always a black man? Or don't white people go out on the streets to pursue the unjustified killing of their own? Is it only black people protesting against murder? Cops in America don't seem to  like them very much, and white people in general don't seem to mind. I'm truly deeply deeply sorry for the blacks over there, ...even if they try to smoke some grass to take the pressure off, they can be killed. I think if I was them, I'd be depressed in prison or dead. They seem to have very little joy in America. I'm surprised that they're not going berserk on the streets protesting every day!

2:31AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Why is it always a black man? Or don't white people go out on the streets to pursue the unjustified killing of their own? Is it only black people protesting against murder? Cops in America don't seem to  like them very much, and white people in general don't seem to mind. I'm truly deeply deeply sorry for the blacks over there, ...even if they try to smoke some grass to take the pressure off, they can be killed. I think if I was them, I'd be depressed in prison or dead. They seem to have very little joy in America. I'm surprised that they're not going berserk on the streets protesting every day!

5:29PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

He can plead not guilty all he wants, doesn't change the fact that he shot and killed an unarmed person.

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