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Protesters March Against City Funding Of NYPD Stop-And-Frisks

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Protestors took to the streets of the Jackson Heights section of Queens today to march against the New York City Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy.

Demonstrators gathered on Roosevelt Avenue to protest City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's approval of the NYPD's budget for the controversial tactic.

Critics of the program say frisking is unconstitutional and promotes racial profiling, as statistics show the vast majority of the stops involve blacks and Latinos.

Recently released data shows nearly 90 percent of those stopped are innocent.

Meanwhile, city officials say the number of murders in the city is expected to hit a record low this year, and shootings are at their lowest point in at least 18 years.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are crediting police efforts, including the stop-and-frisk policy, for the decline in crime.

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