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Case Name NYCLU v. New York City Police Department PN-NY-0032
Docket / Court 110557-2008 ( State Court )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On August 4, 2008 the plaintiff, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), filed a lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court of the County of New York under Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules against the New York Police Department (NYPD). The NYCLU asked the court for a judgment ... read more >
On August 4, 2008 the plaintiff, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), filed a lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court of the County of New York under Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules against the New York Police Department (NYPD). The NYCLU asked the court for a judgment ordering the NYPD to disclose documents identifying the race of all persons shot by police since January 1, 1997 and up until December 31, 2006, claiming that the NYPD inappropriately denied its Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests.

Specifically, the NYCLU claimed that NYPD officers disproportionately targeted blacks and Latinos, and that the documents requested would help it substantiate a review of the history of police shootings in New York City. After the complaint was filed, the NYPD agreed to release data as to the race of persons shot and struck by NYPD officers between 1997 and 2006. However, the parties could not reach agreement on whether the NYPD would release data on the race of persons shot at, but not struck by NYPD officers between 1997 and 2006.

On December 15, 2009 Judge Joan Madden entered ordering the NYPD to disclose data on the race of persons shot at, but not struck by NYPD officers between 1997 and 2006. The NYPD appealed the verdict.

On June 22, 2010, the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department unanimously affirmed the lower court's ruling.

Nick Kabat - 04/07/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Reporting
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
General
Records Disclosure
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) City of New York
Plaintiff Description Public Interest law firm
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PN-NY-0026 : NYCLU v. New York City Police Department (State Court)
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Panopticism for Police: Structural Reform Bargaining and Police Regulation by Data-Driven Surveillance
By: Mary D. Fan (University of Washington)
Citation: Forthcoming, 87 Washington L. Rev. __ (2012).
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Written: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
115928/2009 (State Supreme Court) 07/13/2010
PN-NY-0032-9000.pdf | Detail
State Court Website
General Documents
Opinion 12/15/2009
PN-NY-0032-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: State Court Website
Judges Goodman, Emily (State Supreme Court)
PN-NY-0032-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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