NY Police Won't Store Names of People They Stop and Frisk

A deal was signed on Tuesday to settle a 2010 lawsuit by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

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In a deal announced Wednesday, New York City will no longer store the names and addresses of people who were targets of the police department's controversial stop-and-frisk program and whose cases have been resolved or dismissed, according to CBS.

The deal signed Tuesday resulted from a May 2010 lawsuit brought in state court in Manhattan by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The civil rights group announced the settlement Wednesday, saying the New York Police Department will no longer store the names of people who are stopped, arrested or issued a summons when those cases are dismissed or resolved with a fine for a noncriminal violation.

"Though much still needs to be done, this settlement is an important step toward curbing the impact of abusive stop-and-frisk practices," said Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the NYCLU and lead counsel in the case.

"The problem with the database was that it had hundreds of thousands of people in who had never committed any crime and yet the department was using the database to conduct criminal investigations," Dunn told WCBS 880's Marla Diamond.

Read more at CBS.

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