The Bloomberg administration has agreed under a settlement announced on Wednesday to purge a New York City 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.
Under the terms of the settlement, the city will within 90 days 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. The other members of the class sought only injunctive relief.
Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union and lead counsel in the case, said in an interview that hundreds of thousands of names of innocent individuals will be erased from the NYPD database as a result of the settlement.