Gangs of New York Database
The NYPD maintains a database of New Yorkers who are likely members of gangs or street crews, updating it regularly and removing names of those no longer appearing to have such involvement. Advocates for criminal justice reform and elected officials question the need for the system, suggesting that it is racially biased and an abuse of police power. But when gangs commit so much of the city’s crime, maintaining the database makes obvious good sense.
The Facts You Need to Know
Gangs: At least 25%, and perhaps as much as 50%, of New York City’s murders are gang-related. Read more.
Lists: Predictive policing, including tools such as the gang database, is in large part responsible for the decline of crime in New York City over the past quarter-century. Read more.
People: The racial makeup of the gang database almost precisely matches the demographics of people involved in shootings in New York. Read more.
“Collecting data on members of criminal organizations is nothing new.”
Happy to see that a degree of sanity still exists at @NYDailyNews—if not on the news pages than in editorials—in understanding how important the database has been to reducing gang crime. I hope it’s contagious & the cop haters on the City Council catch it. https://t.co/fXvZeXLolw— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) June 15, 2018
The Past is Present
“The praise for New York’s crime drop during the Dinkins administration belongs to Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Robert Kiley’s inspired choice of Boston cop William Bratton to head New York’s transit police in 1990. ”
And in other news...
“In addition to NYCHA, [City Comptroller Scott] Stringer said he would investigate the Mayor’s Office, and the city Departments of Health and of Housing Preservation and Development.”