New York City calls witnesses in stop and frisk trial

April 26, 2013 5:42:24 AM PDT
Lawyers for New York City have begun calling witnesses in a federal trial challenging a police tactic known as stop, question and frisk.

The first witness for the city was New York Police Department Chief James Shea, who used to be the commanding officer of the police academy. Shea testified Thursday on police training and expectations of officers. He says police officers are taught that they must do their jobs professionally above all.

The testimony comes more than a month after the trial began. Lawyers for men who have sued the department are trying to show that police are wrongly stopping black and Hispanic men. There have been about 5 million street stops in the past decade.

The plaintiffs are seeking major changes to the tactic.