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Published on Jun 19, 2012
DemocracyNow.org -- Thousands participated in a silent march across Manhattan on Sunday calling on the New York City Police Department to stop their practice known as "stop-and-frisk." Last year, NYPD officers stopped and interrogated residents nearly 700,000 times. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, about 87 percent of those stopped were black or Latino. We speak to stop-and-frisk victims and youth organizers Carmen Perez and Antonio Melendez; long-time civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory; lawyer and Vietnam War Marine veteran John Covington; J.D. Williams, an actor who played drug dealer Preston "Bodie" Broadus on the hit HBO series, "The Wire"; Joyce Williams, a great-grandmother victimized in a stop-and-frisk incident; and organizer and activist Thenjiwe McHarris.
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