By SUZANNE GAMBOA – Associated Press
WASHINGTON — New York officials from three levels of government asked the Justice Department on Thursday to consider investigating the city police department’s stop-and-frisk program for overwhelmingly targeting minorities.
The delegation of city, state and federal officials also asked in a meeting Thursday that the agency intervene on lawsuits challenging the police tactic and assist them with legislative proposals to counter the program, including withholding some grant funds.
“No one cares about stopping crime more than we do because we live in these neighborhoods,” New York City Assemblyman Karim Camara, a Democrat, said in a news conference on the grounds of the Capitol. “I’m raising two kids. You think I like hearing gunshots when my kids are sleeping in the other room? But you are not stopping the gunshots. You are not getting the guns off the street.”