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CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Police Department says it will allow independent evaluations of its stop-and-frisk encounters under an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The department, the city and the ACLU announced the agreement Friday. It follows a March 2015 report from the ACLU that found Chicago officers disproportionately target blacks and other racial minorities in the stop, question and frisk encounters.

The ACLU didn’t file a lawsuit against the police department, although a separate private case has been filed. The agreement, coming after months of negotiations between the city, he department and the ACLU, states that former U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys will provide public reports twice a year on Chicago police investigatory stops and pat downs.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the agreement shows the department’s “commitment to fairness.”