Target: New York Civil Liberties Union
Goal: Congratulate and celebrate New York Civil Liberties Union’s victory of reforming New York’s flawed stop-and-frisk system
The personal information of nearly half a million stop-and-frisk victims will be cleared from New York Police Department (NYPD) databases. The NYPD has been storing the names and addresses of charged ‘stop-and-frisk’ individuals who were later cleared of wrongdoing. The data was then used in investigations despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of the individuals listed had not committed a crime. Civil rights group New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a state lawsuit in 2010 that finally reached the recent settlement to expunge the names from police records.
The settlement marks an unusual step taken by the city to reform its flawed stop-and-frisk system. Nearly nine out of 10 people “stopped and frisked” in 2011 were African-American or Hispanic. The lawsuit was first brought forth by New Yorkers Clive Lino and Daryl Khan. Lino, who is black, has been stopped at least 13 times by NYPD officers. Khan, a journalist who covered the NYPD for more than a decade, was stopped by police while riding his bike in Brooklyn. “Essentially, I was in an NYPD database for riding my bike,” Khan said.
By signing below, you will celebrate Lino, Khan and NYCLU for fighting against NYPD’s abusive stop-and-frisk policy. Although there are many reforms to be made to the system, this is a victory for the hundreds of thousands of people who were unjustifiably stopped yet their information remained in police records.
Dear New York Civil Liberties Union,
We celebrate the perseverance you admirably exhibited to reform NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. There are too many harrowing accounts of individuals who were not only stopped once by police, but dozens of times. In addition to the indignity of being profiled and searched for no justifiable reason, their personal information was then kept on record. Thanks to your work, that is no longer the case.
We stand in solidarity with your efforts to ensure that all New Yorkers, particularly those of color, are treated with dignity rather than distrust. Although the recent settlement has not stopped the stop-and-frisk policy entirely, the erasure of victims’ personal information is a victory worth celebrating.
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