New York, NY – On Thursday, September 25, 2008, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) will appear before United States District Judge Shira Scheindlin for a conference regarding her ruling on September 10, 2008 requiring the NYPD to turn over all UF-250 (stop and frisk) data from1998 through the present to CCR. At the conference, the parties and Judge Scheindlin will discuss the terms of the protective order concerning which portions of the UF-250 database will be made public, and the NYPD is expected to give an update on when it will turn over the data and other important information related to CCR’s racial profiling case.
“It’s time for the NYPD to end its policy of secrecy,” said CCR attorney Darius Charney. “New Yorkers deserve an accountable and transparent police department, and the public should have access to data from the stop-and-frisks that happen on our streets. Once the NYPD hands over the data, we plan to make it public along with a detailed analysis to make sure our police department doesn’t operate under unconstitutional racial profiling policies.”
On January 31, 2008, CCR filed a class action lawsuit charging the NYPD with engaging in racial profiling and suspicion-less stop-and-frisks of New Yorkers. In April, CCR served discovery requests on the City seeking production of the NYPD’s stop and frisk data for the last ten years. According to CCR attorneys, the named plaintiffs in the case – David Floyd, Lalit Clarkson, and Deon Dennis – represent the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who over the last several years have been stopped on the way to work, in front of their house, or just walking down the street without any cause, primarily because they were men of color.
WHO: CCR Senior Attorney Darius Charney
WHAT: Conference with Judge Scheinlin and the NYPD
WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 2008, 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Daniel Patrick Moynihan - United States Courthouse, 00 Pearl Street, Courtroom: 15C, New York, NY
For more case information, or for a copy of Judge Scheindlin’s Order, visit the Floyd v. City of New York case page.
The Center for Constitutional Rights works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, the Center for Constitutional Rights has taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach. Learn more at ccrjustice.org.