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NYPD builds massive database of innocent blacks and Latinos
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times

New York Times, March 2, 2010
Posted: March 15th, 2010

From 2004 through 2009, in a policy that has gotten completely out of control, New York City police officers stopped people on the street and checked them out nearly three million times, frisking and otherwise humiliating many of them. Upward of 90 percent of the people stopped are completely innocent of any wrongdoing. And yet the New York Police Department is compounding this intolerable indignity by compiling an enormous and permanent computerized database of these encounters between innocent New Yorkers and the police. They have been collecting the names and all sorts of other information about everybody who is stopped and frisked on the streets, said Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, which is fighting the departments stop-and-frisk policy and its compiling of data on people who are innocent. This is a massive database of innocent, overwhelmingly black and Latino people, she said. Police Commissioner Kelly has made it clear that this monstrous database, growing by a half-million or so stops each year, is to be a permanent feature of the departments operations.

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