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Police stops questioned in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- The mayor has called for better police record-keeping and training after a newspaper reported that officers stopped and frisked citizens thousands of times but reported only 11 such stops to state authorities in the past year.

The report in Sunday's Baltimore Sun also said blacks appear to be stopped more often than whites.

While saying that he supports the use of ''stop and frisk," Mayor Martin O'Malley said Wednesday that police must comply with state law, which requires that a report on each stop be sent to the Maryland State Police to ensure that the stops are legally justified.

''I'm supportive of the legal and constitutional use of this tactic, and I'm also supportive of taking more guns off the streets and seizing more drugs," O'Malley told the newspaper.

The Sun said internal documents suggest that officers have conducted more than 130,000 stop-and-frisks through the first nine months of this year in the city of 641,000.

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