Posted by: vote4claxton | January 24, 2008

NYPD DEFIES THE POLICE REPORTING LAW

01/24/2008 09:28 PM

NYCLU Sues NYPD Over Stop And Frisk Data

By: NY1 News

The NYPD is standing behind its decision to publicize its stop and frisk database, even as it fights a lawsuit seeking the release of the data.

The Police Department is sending the information to the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data for analysis. However, the New York Civil Liberties Union is criticizing the decision, saying the department originally refused to publish these records under a Freedom of Information request.

The department says it has always been willing to publish its records, just as long as the information did not include operating techniques and the identities of officers and others involved. Critics are blasting that rationale.

“It is the right thing for a law enforcement agency to abide by the law. And the fact that they turned it over to Michigan, or whatever entity they choose at this time to turn it over, really speaks to the fact that there’s been a level of dishonesty that needs to be examined,” said Marq Claxton of the organization 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement.

The city says it will continue to fight the NYCLU’s request as long as the group continues to ask for what the NYPD considers to be sensitive information.

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