Gov. David Paterson signed a bill that changes New York City's "Stop-and-Frisk" policy on Friday. The new law does not put an end to the stop-and-frisk practice, but it does prevent the New York City Police Department from keeping data about people who have not committed any crime.
"They may be suspicious," Paterson said just before signing the bill. "They may [be] thought to be future threats, but that is not a policy for a democracy."
Brooklyn Democratic Sen. Eric Adams, who is a former N.Y.P.D. captain, sponsored the bill to protect people from being targeted by the police, especially minorities. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly both objected to the bill, arguing that the city needs the database for crime-fighting.
"Even if it helps you solve one crime or a lot more...to not have it just doesn’t make a lot of sense," Mayor Bloomberg said on WOR's John Gambling Show.
The bill takes effect immediately. Police are not prohibited from entering generic gender and race identifiers into the electronic database, or the location a person who is stopped.