NAACP Calls Court Ruling on Stop-and-Frisk Database “A Victory for Safety and Justice”December 23, 2012
(Washington, DC) – The NAACP released the following statement in response to the New York appellate court decision that confirmed the NYPD cannot keep a database of the personal information of people who were subjected to stop-and-frisk encounters and subsequently cleared of criminal wrongdoing.
From Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the National NAACP:
“This is a victory for safety and justice in New York City. We applaud the NYCLU for so ably representing the people of New York City against a police department that has lost sight of its professional obligations and moral responsibilities," said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP. "For too long the NYPD has wasted precious law enforcement resources by stopping and frisking hundreds of thousands of innocent people because of their color or style of dress and then tracking them in databases as if they were criminals. Shutting down the tracking and databases ends a key part of the problem and builds further momentum to finally end this shameful racial profiling program once and for all."
From Dr. Niaz Kasravi, NAACP Criminal Justice Director:
“This ruling is victory in the fight to end NYPD's abusive stop and frisk practices," stated NAACP Criminal Justice Director Dr. Niaz Kasravi. " It protects the basic civil rights and freedoms of people - most of whom are African American and Latino - who were wrongly targeted by this abusive and ineffective practice."
The lawsuit was filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union.
On Father’s Day, the NAACP, NYCLU, NAN, SEIU1199 and tens of thousands of civil and human right advocates and outraged community members marched in silent solidarity down Fifth Avenue in New York City to bring attention to the racial profiling and to protest the city’s abusive and discriminatory stop-and-frisk policing practice.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.