The Black, Latino & Asian Caucus has sent a letter to Governor Paterson, urging him to sign legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly which would prohibit police from entering the information of New Yorkers that have been stopped and frisked into a database if they are not arrested or ticketed.
Currently, after completing a stop and frisk, police have the authority to enter each individual’s name and information into its database, even when they are not found to be in violation of any law. This practice raises serious civil liberties concerns.
The city’s stop and frisk policy has been found to be highly discriminatory against people of color, with blacks and Latinos making up 80% of those targeted. Studies have also indicated that nearly 90% of those stopped are not found to be in violation of any law.
The letter can be read below. If you cannot view the letter, please click here.