NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department is making changes to officer training and supervision amid an outcry over its stop-and-frisk policy.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent a letter to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn detailing the changes. Quinn has been a vocal critic of the policy. Last year, more than 600,000 people were stopped, mostly black and Hispanic men.
Kelly says the department has reiterated its policy that prohibits racial profiling. A new course details how to conduct a lawful stop. He says more than 1,500 officers are receiving the training, and more will follow.
Quinn received the letter Thursday, a day after a federal judge gave class-action status to a lawsuit by people who had been stopped. The judge said the department's attitude was "deeply troubling."
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