Sunday, July 18, 2010

Newsmax: NY Governor Signs Law Limiting Stop-Frisk Database

Right-wingers need to just let this one go - for their own good. From Newsmax:

NY Governor Signs Law Limiting Stop-Frisk Database
Friday, 16 Jul 2010 12:13 PM

[Democratic] Gov. David Paterson signed legislation Friday that eliminates a database of thousands of people stopped and frisked by New York City police without facing charges, calling the practice "not a policy for a democracy."

Paterson signed the law over vehement objections of New York City's mayor and police commissioner, who said the city was losing a key crime-fighting tool. [...]

"Civil justice, and I think common sense, would suggest that those who are questioned and not even accused of crimes be protected from any further stigma or suspicion," Paterson said.

He signed the bill at a press conference with the bill's sponsors and supporters including the city's public advocate, Bill de Blasio.

"Today's reform of the stop and frisk database reaffirms a basic value of this country. The government cannot keep tabs on people who have done nothing wrong," de Blasio said. [More}...

Damn straight.

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