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CCR Applauds New Law Removing Personal Information from Stop-and-Frisk Database, Cautions NYPD
The Center for Constitutional Rights applauds Governor Paterson for protecting the identities of the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are stopped and frisked every year by the NYPD without being issued a summons or being arrested, but cautions that the other data collected by the police as required by the New York City law is vital to our attempts to hold the police department accountable for racial profiling and other abuses in its stop-and-frisk program.The NYPD must be clear that the new law does not absolve its officers of the duty of reporting all stops-and-frisks or give it carte blanche to stop New Yorkers at will with no record or accountability.