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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says New York City's stop-and-frisk policy probably helped reduce crime but became a less acceptable police tactic as communities there became safer.
Lanier spoke at an American Bar Association conference, where she discussed tactics to reduce homicides.
In response to a question, Lanier said the policy might have run into problems by not requiring officers to provide detailed explanations for why individuals were stopped and frisked.
A federal appeals court blocked a judge's ruling earlier this week that found that stop-and-frisk discriminated against minorities.
After that ruling, D.C. police said they would make what they call "two minor changes" to the department's stop-and-frisk policy. At the time, a spokesperson said the department believes the policy was still sound, and the changes were meant to make it more current.