ben_jealous.jpgNEW YORK (AP) _ The head of the nation's most prominent civil rights organization says that even some members of New York's police force oppose the city's policy of street stops.

Benjamin Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told a Brooklyn church congregation on Sunday that the NAACP is hearing from its members who are New York City police officers.

The NYPD's practice of stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking hundreds of thousands of people on city streets each year has received widespread criticism. Officials say the technique deters crime.

Critics say the stops intimidate innocent people and raise issues of racial profiling.

The NYPD did not immediately respond to calls for comment.