Detroit traffic cops are training to become more aggressive in trying to stop crime. The Detroit News calls it the city’s version of the controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic that's under scrutiny New York City. The Manhattan Institute and Bratton Group, consultants hired to shape Detroit Police Department policy, helped develop New York's stop-and-frisk program that was ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who said police unfairly targeted blacks and Hispanics.
In Detroit, the consultants are implementing a stop-and-frisk initiative in which traffic officers are training to “prevent street crime through the use of traffic stops.” Assistant Police Chief Eric Ewing said the campaign is an extension of a longstanding practice. “We're already a stop-and-frisk agency; we've been doing it for years,” he said. “That's just another way to say 'proactive policing.'” Ewing said Detroit police don't specifically target minorities, but can't avoid stopping them in a city populated mostly by African-Americans. “I can understand everyone's concern about profiling, but Detroit's population is mostly African-American, so of course we're going to stop more black people,” Ewing said. “That's not racial profiling; that's just good police work.”