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NYPD Deputy Inspector Testifies At Stop-And-Frisk Trial

NYPD (file / credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NYPD (file / credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The Manhattan federal court trial over the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy entered a new stage Thursday as the police department called its first witness.

Deputy Inspector James Shae, former Commanding Officer of the Police Academy, testified that he was in charge of training police officers to recognize the characteristics of armed suspects.

A police training video was played in court that instructs officers to put together all the facts, the crime conditions, and what they see on the street.

“If they’re running from the right place at the right time, that’s cause for reasonable suspicion,” Shae said.

The video focuses on observing a suspicious bulge at the waistband or someone who seems to be adjusting a heavy object at the waist.

The video focuses on observing a suspicious bulge at the waistband or someone who seems to be adjusting a heavy object at the waist.

Shae said most criminals spend their money on guns, but don’t bother to invest in holsters. So, they’re always conscious of having to make sure that the gun is still there.

There is, of course, no mention of race as a reason for stopping anyone or frisking anyone but most of those acting as suspects for the purpose of the training video happen to be young black men running from the cops.

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