NYCLU Demands Information on NYPD (operation clean halls)
MANHATTAN (CN) - The New York Civil Liberties Union claims the New York County District Attorney is "stonewalling" its requests for information about an NYPD program that has led to trespassing arrests for people entering their own apartment buildings.
The NYCLU sued the District Attorney's Office in a Freedom of Information Law complaint in New York County Court.
The 9-page complaint demands information about the District Attorney's Trespass Affidavit Program, by which landlords can have police officers patrol their building.
The program is a part of Operation Clean Halls.
Since the program began in 1991, the NYCLY says, tenants have sent it "numerous reports" that police officers have stopped them and their guests without reasonable suspicion, and even busted some for criminal trespass in their own buildings.