The Governor of New York has put an end to a controversial program that allowed New York police to keep a database of every person who is stopped and frisked. Effective immediately, police are no longer allowed to keep the names and addresses of individuals they stop. They are, however, allowed to keep track of information such as race, gender, and location of the stop.
To stop an individual, the police only need reasonable suspicion, which is a lower standard than probable cause, which is required for an arrest. Last year, the NYPD stopped nearly 600,000 people, with the majority being blacks and hispanics.
Speaking about his decision, the Governor said "This law does not in any way tamper with our stop-and-frisk policies. . .[w]hat it does is it disallows the use of personal data of innocent people who have not done anything wrong . . . [t]hat is not a policy for a democracy."