Shine a Light on NYPD Stops

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Exposing abusive and discriminatory policing is critical if we’re ever going to stop it. New Yorkers deserve to know the full extent of what the NYPD is up to in their communities. The How Many Stops Act will shed much needed light on NYPD activity by requiring public reporting on all NYPD investigative and enforcement encounters with New Yorkers.

TELL COUNCIL MEMBERS: Demand NYPD transparency and pass the How Many Stops Act.

Message Recipients:
Mayor Eric Adams
Speaker Adrienne Adams
City Council Public Safety Committee

The NYCLU is a member of Communities United for Police Reform, a campaign to end discriminatory and abusive policing practices in New York.

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Data on police encounter plays an essential role in exposing abusive and discriminatory practices. It enables policymakers to engage in oversight, equips communities with information they need to push for changes to laws and policies, and it sends a clear message to police officers that they are public officials whose actions should not be hidden behind a cloak of secrecy.

New Yorkers saw the power of data during the height of stop-and-frisk, when the numbers revealed an undeniable and unaccountable system of mass racial profiling and helped drive advocacy to rein in those abuses. And while stop-and-frisk activity today is far below the level at its height, we know that these numbers don’t reflect the true scope of all NYPD investigative encounters, since not all encounters are documented.

The How Many Stops Act is a package of two bills that will give New Yorkers a comprehensive accounting of policing activity across the city and will include critical data to monitor and guard against abusive and discriminatory policing practices.

Intro. 586 will require the NYPD to publicly report information on all investigatory encounters that take place – including those not currently covered by stop-and-frisk data reporting. Intro. 538 would strengthen existing reporting on consent searches and require the NYPD to report more detailed information on things like an officer’s use of language access services to make sure that people truly understand their rights during these encounters.

This data is more important than ever, given the NYPD’s continued commitment to broken windows policing and our continued overinvestment in and over-reliance on law enforcement. With so much investment in policing, we deserve to know just how many stops are actually taking place and which communities are being subjected to them the most.

I urge you to support these bills and bring much needed transparency to these policing tactics.


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