New York Times: The N.Y.P.D. Has 82,473 People in a DNA Database. Many Have No Idea.. “About 31,400 of the DNA profiles in the city’s database came from people who were arrested or merely questioned in connection with a crime, but may not have been convicted, according to the Legal Aid Society, which obtained details about the database through a Freedom of Information Act request. One of those was the 12-year-old whose DNA was collected from a straw he used while talking to the police in March 2018. The felony charge against him was eventually dropped, but his DNA remained in the database for more than a year, his lawyer, Christine Bella, said.”
AM New York: How the NYPD keeps tabs on cops . “The NYPD is expanding an extensive electronic database to keep tabs on its officers, giving the department real time feedback about how cops are performing. Known as RAILS — short for ‘Risk Assessment Information Liability System’ — the system acts as what one police commander called an online personnel file providing commanders with crucial information on officers.”
News12 Brooklyn: NYPD turns to social media to solve ‘most wanted’ cases. “Patrol Borough Brooklyn North officers shoot interviews with lead detectives, gather video and pictures of suspects and post it to their social media pages. They do it all in the goal of tracking down Brooklyn’s most wanted criminals.” This is a video of a news story, but there is a brief article to go with it.
ABC 7 NY: EXCLUSIVE: NYPD is testing virtual reality training drills for real-life scenarios like active shooters. “Imagine the possibilities if the NYPD could conduct active shooter training drills at the World Trade Center? Now because of virtual reality they can. “
New York Post: New database allows New Yorkers to view lawsuits filed against NYPD. “A newly released database allows New Yorkers to peruse thousands of lawsuits filed against the NYPD — allowing them to track how much taxpayer money has been spent to settle cases against cops in their local precincts since 2015.”
Techdirt: NYPD Sends Letter To Google Demanding It Remove Cop Checkpoint Notifications From Google Maps. “A few years after law enforcement officials claimed Google’s Waze navigation app allowed cop killers to stalk cops, the NYPD is demanding Google alter one of its apps (Google Maps, which incorporates certain Waze features) so it works more like the NYPD wants it to work, rather than how drivers want it to work. Gersh Kuntzman of Streetsblog NYC was the first to obtain a copy of a cease-and-desist sent to Google by the NYPD.”
The Intercept: NYPD Gang Database Can Turn Unsuspecting New Yorkers Into Instant Felons. “As The Intercept has reported, the NYPD’s gang database was massively expanded in recent years, even as gang-related crime dropped to historic lows. The information on the secretive list is available to prosecutors but not to those named in the database, who often learn that the police have labeled them gang members only if they are arrested and slammed with inexplicably harsh charges or excessive bond. The database has been widely criticized as arbitrary, discriminatory, and over-inclusive — with no clear process in place to discover or challenge one’s alleged gang affiliation. Like [Keith] Shenery, an overwhelming majority of people in the database are young black and Latino men.”