Community organizations, civil rights advocates, and city supervisors spoke out Wednesday morning in support of ending the longstanding practice in which police make traffic stops for minor infractions in the hope of discovering larger crimes. This came just hours before a new policy proposal is to be presented at the Police Commission.

Sameena Usman, from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said one pretext used by police to stop drivers is objects hanging from a rearview mirror, which she said impacts Muslim community members who hang prayer beads or other religious objects in their cars.

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