The Appeal: Spotlight: The Dangers of Gang Databases and Gang Policing

The Legal Aid Society and community partners speaking out against the NYPD’s Gang Database.   Photo: The Legal Aid Society.

The Legal Aid Society and community partners speaking out against the NYPD’s Gang Database.

Photo: The Legal Aid Society.

Vaidya Gullapalli
July 03, 2019

An NYPD database labels over 18,000 people in New York City as active gang members. Three of the people labeled this way are 13 years old, and more than 400 others are under 18. Nearly 99 percent of the people whose names are in the database are people of color. Nearly 88 percent are Black or Latinx.