The NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office use racist and discriminatory “gang databases” that stamp people as “gang members” using loose criteria like social media posts, scars, tattoos, and the use of gang “colors”. Surveillance-based gang prosecutions pursued by the current District Attorney’s office overwhelmingly target Black teens and communities of color and leave permanent marks on the lives of those unfairly targeted.
As Manhattan District Attorney, Dan will shut down this racist gang database, stop using the gang alert system, and immediately cancel all of the office’s contracts with Palantir. Rather than enforcing guilt by association, Dan will ensure that prosecutions are based on facts and that individuals are treated fairly and he will never pursue surveillance-based gang prosecutions or gang conspiracy charges.
Dan has been a leader on racial justice and calling for reform of law enforcement:
Under our current Manhattan District Attorney, young Black and brown Manhattanites are criminalized through invasive surveillance and subject to racist gang prosecutions. The office makes unfounded assumptions about gang membership based on someone’s friends or their social media posts. Data collected from this surveillance is then stored in the DA’s gang database and used to pursue “surveillance-based gang prosecutions” that primarily target youth of color.
Dan will end that system if elected District Attorney. As DA, he will: