NYPD Misses Deadline To Turn Over Data To NY Attorney General

Steve Burns
February 15, 2020 - 11:18 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York's attorney general is asking the NYPD for more information about policing in the subway—and the NYPD has blown past a deadline to turn over that data.

The last time the NYPD was asked to turn over subway policing records, it took a year-long court battle.

Ultimately it resulted in data showing that in the first six months of 2019, 89 percent of those arrested for fare evasion were people of color.

“Those primarily targeted for fare evasion are black and brown and primarily concentrated in communities of color,” Anthony Posada, of the Legal Aid Society, said.

AG Letitia James is now asking for even more comprehensive data. She had given the NYPD a deadline of Feb. 10 to produce the data. That date came and went.

“What's really going on here is just a blatant disregard for a request that is coming from a very high-level official,” Posada said.

Posada said the NYPD can’t change if it refuses to acknowledge it has a problem.

“If they have nothing to hide, then why not comply with the basic requirements?” Posada said.

The NYPD released a statement in response: “There was an extensive amount of data requested, and to ensure its responsiveness and accuracy, the NYPD worked with the Attorney General’s office and agreed upon an extension of an additional week.”

The NYPD said the data will be released Tuesday since Monday is a holiday.