Danatus King, the head of the local NAACP, sat outside Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office Friday demanding to meet with the mayor and discuss the New Orleans Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk methods.
"The buck stops right here,” said King, “the second floor of City Hall."
King and others want the NOPD to end its practice of stopping and questioning citizens and then entering their personal information into a database. They say it promotes racial profiling.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas has called it a crime-fighting tool, and some NOPD supervisors use it as a way to measure an officer's productivity.
Earlier, Susan Hutson, the city's independent police monitor, released a report saying the NOPD policy appears to violate the law.
"We looked at their data collection versus their policy and we looking at their training materials and their manual also in respect to constitutional and state law to see if they were following the law. And they were a little bit behind,” said Hutson.
The mayor was traveling outside the city Friday. His office did not respond to a request for comment about the NOPD's practices.