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Jan 24

The spread of 'stop and frisk'?

US city of Oakland hires police chief known for the controversial tactic.
William Bratton (R) speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles, California, 05 August 2009. EPA/Paul Buck

On Tuesday, Oakland, California held a city council meeting to discuss the hiring of American law enforcement officer William J. Bratton. Bratton is known for his aggressive adoption of 'stop and frisk' while he was the New York Police Commissioner. 'Stop and frisk' is a controversial practice by which a police officer can question and body search anyone suspected of committing a crime.