Stop & Frisk Database Challenged as UnconstitutionalMonday, May 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm by Kelsey Genevich
Last week the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a lawsuit against the New York Police Department (NYPD) claiming that their database, which includes the names and personal information of hundreds of thousands of people, is unconstitutional and violates a New York law requiring these records to be sealed if the case was dismissed or the charges downgraded to a violation. NYCLU claims there have been three million stops logged since 2004, and roughly 90 percent of them have led to no arrest and no summons. Therefore, the lawsuit claims that there are millions of innocent New Yorkers in the database whose records should be sealed.
In response to the filing of the lawsuit by the NYCLU, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and Sen. Eric Adams have said they plan to introduce legislation that targets the unconstitutionality of the database. The legislation would bar police departments from keeping databases of innocent people who are stopped, questioned, or frisked by a police officer and then let go. The legislation’s main goal is to protect the privacy and due process rights granted to all Americans by the Fourth Amendment.