Judge Blocks Key NYPD Tactic: Scouring Sealed Arrest Records

A judge barred New York City police officers from accessing sealed arrest records without a court order.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Monday barred New York City police officers from accessing sealed arrest records without a court order, halting a long-standing practice of plying confidential information in department files to aid investigations, target suspects and shape policing decisions. State Judge Lyle Frank in Manhattan issued a preliminary injunction saying that the police department’s unfettered use of sealed records violated a 1976 state law shielding arrest and court files of criminal…

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