New York City

D.C. Council to Hold Hearing on Stop and Frisk

The D.C. Council will hold a hearing on the use of stop-and-frisk tactics by city police.

People who've been stopped and searched on the street are expected to testify at the hearing, which will be held Wednesday afternoon on the campus of Howard University.

District of Columbia police officers are told that they can frisk an individual if they reasonably believe the person is carrying a concealed weapon or a dangerous tool. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said last year that New York City's widely criticized stop-and-frisk policy probably reduced crime but became less acceptable as communities grew safer.

The hearing will also address the police department's policies for traffic stops and its use of tactical units.

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