The Legal Aid Society and other elected officials outside the NYPD’s Office of Inspector General on Monday demanded the release of a report on a controversial database — but the NYPD believes the report is misleading. cause.
The NYPD’s Criminal Group Database lists some 18,000 people believed to be affiliated with or associated with a group. It is considered a critical tool to help police identify and prevent trigger-happy shooters from unleashing a hail of bullets into communities.
However, the Legal Aid Society and the GANGS Coalition say the crime index is filled with Black and Brown New Yorkers, making them tools for crime.
“What we want to do today is to give a clear report. Earlier this year at the City Council meeting, the Commissioner of the Department of Investigation said that this report will be released this year. This is the middle of November and we need this report ASAP. It’s been 5 1/2 years. We want to tell them to send the report so we can work on the cancel,” said Josmar Trujillo of the group GANGS.
According to witnesses, investigations into the database began in 2018 by the Intelligence Service following a review that same year. The findings are expected to be released before the end of 2022, but with less than two months before 2023, those interested in the results are asking why the release is being held up. .
In addition to calling for disclosure, activists also called for the database to be deleted.
However, the NYPD responded to the request by calling it “misleading.”
According to a spokesperson for the NYPD, the NYPD Criminal Gang Database is needed to help law enforcement understand the extent of the gang and the crimes they commit. The police believe that if this database is not maintained, the lives of New Yorkers may be at risk.
“Calls to eliminate the NYPD’s Crime Squad database are misguided. There is a terrible pattern that occurs every year with shootings in New York City, and a large proportion of those shootings are related to unless the shooter or victim is a member of a gang. In order to effectively combat gang violence, police need to understand the size and scope of these gangs, who they are, and who they are. crime they committed. That’s what the database provides, and it’s irresponsible for the NYPD not to recognize these groups,” an NYPD spokesperson said in a statement.
In addition, the NYPD said the database is not only used to solve violent, gang-related crimes, shootings and murders, but it can also see what the cost of about groups.
“The Department does not use the database to solve violent crimes such as gang shootings and murders, but the information in the database is critical to getting ahead of potential charges. against gangs, thereby helping the NYPD, which is closely related to gangs and violent extremists, to prevent gun violence,” said an NYPD spokesperson.
According to the police department, the NYPD’s Criminal Group Database has many rules that must be followed, including “a clear and transparent set of rules and criteria, multiple levels of review, and submit to reviews to remove people who are no longer active. in group activities.”
The NYPD fears that if investigators are unable to access this critical information, it will have a negative impact on the communities most affected by the shootings and murders of young people on their streets.