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'Stop-And-Frisk' Likely To Change Under Next Philly Mayor

Sgt.Thomas Davis oversees about a dozen or so officers in the18th Police Precinct in West Philadelphia.. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
Sgt.Thomas Davis oversees about a dozen or so officers in the18th Police Precinct in West Philadelphia.. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The mayor’s race is heating up in Philadelphia, where candidates are campaigning for a primary on May 19th. The current mayor, Michael Nutter, is leaving office at the end of the year after serving two terms. Nutter won office on a crime-fighting platform, promising to make the police tactic “stop-and-frisk” more widespread.

But with the city’s police department under the supervision of the Department of Justice, and police tactics in cities like Ferguson and New York under increased scrutiny, all of the top mayoral candidates are promising to end stop-and-frisk altogether, despite police support.

Bobby Allyn of Here & Now contributing station WHYY reports.

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