Case: NYCLU v. New York City Police Department

08-110557 | New York state trial court

Filed Date: 2008

Closed Date: 2010

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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 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 Freed…

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.

Summary Authors

Nick Kabat (4/7/2014)

Related Cases

NYCLU v. New York City Police Department, New York state trial court (2009)

People


Judge(s)

Goodman, Emily (New York)

Judge(s)

Goodman, Emily (New York)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

115928/2009

Docket

New York state supreme court

July 13, 2010

July 13, 2010

Docket

1110557/08

Opinion

New York state supreme court

Dec. 15, 2009

Dec. 15, 2009

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Policing

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2008

Closing Date: 2010

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Public Interest law firm

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

City of New York (New York, New York), City

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Content of Injunction:

Reporting

Issues

General:

Records Disclosure