Mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped into a black church in one of New York's highest-crime neighborhoods to defend the police policy of street stops that has stirred outrage.
He told worshippers at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville that the policy "should be mended, but not ended."
Instead, the mayor said police are being retrained to conduct the stops with what he called "civility."
Bloomberg said the NYPD is working with community groups so they aren't treated in the rough manner that Bishop Gerald Seabrooks said sometimes includes slamming young men against walls.
City officials have said the program helps to bring down crime. Critics say it's racial profiling. Most of those stopped are black and Hispanic men.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly accompanied the mayor but did not speak.