These and hundreds of thousands of other Americans in big cities have
been stopped on the street by police using a law-enforcement practice
called stop-and-frisk that alarms civil libertarians but is credited by
authorities with helping reduce crime.
Police in major U.S. cities stop and question more than a million
people each year - a sharply higher number than just a few years ago.
Most are black and Hispanic men. Many are frisked, and nearly all are
innocent of any crime, according to figures gathered by The Associated
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