Melissa participated in a press conference yesterday, organized by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s office, to keep the pressure on Governor Paterson to sign a bill passed by the Legislature that would prohibit police from keeping data on those who are stopped and frisked but are not convicted of any crime. Currently, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is urging the Governor to veto this bill. Governor Paterson must come to a decision by this Friday.
The city’s stop and frisk policy has come under serious criticism in recent years, as these searches have been found to disproportionately target blacks and Latinos. About 90% of those stopped are not found to be in violation of any law, yet their names and contact information are still logged in the NYPD’s database, a practice which would end under the new state law, if it is signed by the Governor.
Below is a video of Melissa’s remarks at the press conference:
Council Members Danny Dromm and Jumaane Williams, Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat and four Democratic candidates for Attorney General were also in attendance at yesterday’s press conference.
Last week, Melissa signed a letter from the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus calling on the Governor to sign this legislation. We will update the blog when the Governor announces a decision.