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`Stop-and-frisk` debate: Is it the right approach?

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Chicago and other cities across America are looking for new ways to tackle violence.

At the center of the national debate this summer has been New York's tactic of "stop-and-frisk." The policy allows police to essentially search anyone they think is suspicious. The NYPD says it's one of the keys to the dramatic reduction in crime in New York.

Critics say it's little more than a form of racial profiling and a federal judge agreed with them. The judge said "stop-and-frisk" violated the constitutional rights of minorities.

New York is appealing and the debate is far from over.

New York police report 4.4 million stops in the past decade with about ten percent of those leading to an arrest. But four out of every five people stopped were black or Hispanic.

So, is it the right approach to a problem that desperately needs a solution?

Commentator and former talk show host Garrard McClendon says it can be an effective tool for police, but Ed Yohnka with the Chicago ACLU says police can't use any tool that's unconstitutional.

Watch the debate video above.

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