Several politicians are rallying in Brooklyn to demand more accountability from the city's police department when it comes to minorities.
The protest is planned for Saturday afternoon in Grand Army Plaza.
Organizers say there is a culture of discrimination against minorities, and are upset that officers stop and search hundreds of thousands of innocent black and Hispanic men each year.
One of the organizers is Jumaane Williams, a City Councilman who was handcuffed while walking on a Brooklyn sidewalk during the West Indian Day Parade last September.
Last month, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said he was disturbed that several officers posted racially hateful comments on Facebook regarding the boisterous parade.
But he has defended the department's aggressive policing of high-crime neighborhoods, saying it has made them safer.
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