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Originally posted on Black America Web:

NEW YORK (AP) — The right people at the right time in the right location.

That phrase — repeated over and over in a secret recording of a police supervisor — is at the crux of a civil rights challenge to the New York Police Department’s contentions tactic known as stop, question and frisk.

“So, who are the right people?” asks officer Pedro Serrano, during an argument with his supervisor about how to make a legal stop.

“Depends where you are,” replies Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack.

The recording was played during Serrano’s testimony last week at a federal trial that’s providing a window into the workings of the nation’s largest police force, the instincts officers rely on to do their jobs and the difficulty police supervisors have in translating written policies into practice on the street.

Serrano works patrol in the 40th Precinct in the Bronx, among the more crime-ridden…

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