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Justice Dept. supports NYPD monitor

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. Justice Department says it would strongly endorse a court-appointed monitor to oversee changes at the New York Police Department if a judge were to find its stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional.

The New York Times says the Justice Department filed papers late Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

Closing arguments in the civil trial were held in May. The judge will decide in coming months whether any changes are needed in the NYPD's practice of stopping, questioning and frisking people.

About a dozen witnesses testified that they were wrongly stopped.

The NYPD says there is no evidence of racial motivation in its use of the tactic.

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