NYPD officer says he taunted boy, 13, during stop

Opponents of the New York Police Department’s controversial 'stop-and-frisk' policy rally on January 27, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Opponents of the New York Police Department’s controversial 'stop-and-frisk' policy rally on January 27, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Police officers are being grilled about the New York Police Department’s practice of stopping, questioning and frisking people on the street.

Lawyers questioned two officers on Wednesday about stopping an innocent 13-year-old boy in Harlem in 2010. One admitted taunting the teen by telling him to stop “crying like a little girl.”

The testimony came at a federal civil rights trial in Manhattan that began last week. A judge could order major changes to the nation’s largest police force.

The case is based on stories from a dozen black and Hispanic men who say they were targeted because of their race. It’s being heard by a judge who’s already indicated in earlier rulings that she is deeply concerned about the tactic.

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