The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is suing the New York Police Department (NYPD) for failing to provide data regarding vehicle stops. The suit, filed in the Supreme Court of New York, alleges that the NYPD has failed to comply with the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and respond to the NYCLU’s request for the data.
The NYCLU is seeking data from the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program, which has been criticized for disproportionately targeting African Americans and Latinos in the city. The organization seeks to obtain information about the race, gender and age of those who are stopped, as well as the reason for the stop and the outcome.
According to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman, the NYPD’s lack of transparency in this matter is not only illegal, but also runs counter to the very purpose of the Stop and Frisk program.
“The NYPD has a duty to provide the public with information about how the Stop and Frisk program is being used and whether it is being applied in a racially discriminatory manner,” Lieberman said in a statement. “The NYPD cannot hide its data in order to avoid accountability. We are demanding that the NYPD comply with the law and release this important information.”
The suit seeks an order from the court requiring the NYPD to release the requested data. If successful, the NYCLU hopes the information will help inform the public about the NYPD’s practices and allow for greater accountability.
The lawsuit is yet another example of the NYCLU’s efforts to promote transparency and accountability in law enforcement. The organization has previously taken legal action to obtain data about the NYPD’s use of force and surveillance practices.