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New York City's gang database raises issues of the extent of police surveillance

Kraig Lewis at a November 2022 rally outside New York City's Department of Investigation. Lewis and other activists want the DOI to release a report that looks into the Controversial police department's gang database. (Carolina Hidalgo/WNYC)
Kraig Lewis at a November 2022 rally outside New York City's Department of Investigation. Lewis and other activists want the DOI to release a report that looks into the Controversial police department's gang database. (Carolina Hidalgo/WNYC)

Police departments in cities around the U.S. keep secret databases to keep track of suspected gang members. Officials say it’s an essential tool to keep communities safe. Critics say it unfairly targets Black and Brown communities.

Rainier Harris of WNYC’s Radio Rookies reports.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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