Dozens of protesters gathered near City Hall Wednesday to protest the New York City Police Department's stop and frisk policy.
A majority of the protesters were young minorities who said they've been unfairly targeted by police officers.
"These are not just random incidents," said Brooklyn resident Hector Manuel Sanchez. "These are a collection of incidents, and we have unified and united against these incidents because it's just not right."
Sanchez joined the protest Wednesday because he wants specific laws preventing police officers from racially profiling people.
Last year, the police stopped more than 500,000 people, with only 10 percent resulting in arrests. NYPD officials said the policy is life-saving and a necessary crime-fighting tool, especially in neighborhoods where crime rates are high.