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D.C. police are making what they call "two minor changes'' to the department's stop-and-frisk policy after a federal judge in New York called that city's policy racially biased.

Department spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says the changes are minor and intended to make the policy more current, but that the department believes current policy is still sound.

Under the current directive, which dates back to 1973, officers may frisk an individual if they reasonably that the person is carrying a concealed weapon or dangerous tool. The policy also specifies the factors that can justify a search of an individual.

In New York, U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that at least 200,000 stops were made without reasonable suspicion. She said the NYPD's practice was racially biased.

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