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Mar 27, 2013 6:55 PM by AP

New Orleans council discusses racial profiling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anecdotal allegations of persistent racial profiling by New Orleans police punctuated a meeting of a City Council panel where local government watchdogs said better data collection is needed to make sure officers are no longer doing unconstitutional race-based stops and frisks.

Wednesday's meeting came after the release of a report by the city's Inspector General, who said last week that flaws in the collection and analysis of data on field interview cards - reports filled out by officers after a stop - make it impossible to determine whether stops of individuals are done constitutionally.

Susan Hutson, the city's Independent Police Monitor, told council members her own study indicates the police department policy needs to provide guidance, including specific examples, on what qualifies as justifiable suspicion for a stop.

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