Police can stop people based on a description of a criminal suspect’s race and gender without violating their civil rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has held.

Ruling on a police sweep of black residents of Oneonta, N.Y., in the wake of an attack by a black youth on an elderly woman, a unaninimous appeals panel said the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee is not violated absent a showing of discriminatory intent.

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