The administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed purge a police department database containing personal information on individuals who were stopped by authorities, and also agreed to pay $10,000 to the lead plaintiff in a putative class action, reports the New York Law Journal. The city will delete the names and addresses of all individuals who were stopped, questioned and/or frisked. It will also pay a settlement to the only plaintiff seeking damages, freelance journalist Daryl Khan.
Christopher Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union, lead counsel in the case, said hundreds of thousands of names of innocent individuals will be erased from the NYPD database as a result of the settlement. Plaintiff Clive Lino, who is black and claims he was stopped at least 13 times by police, alleged he was thrown against a wall in 2009, frisked, and issued a summons for spitting in public and possessing an open container. Khan, who wrote about the NYPD for more than a decade, alleged he was pulled over in 2009, thrown against a wall, searched, and accused of riding his bicycle on a sidewalk and disorderly conduct.