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                                                                                                         March 3, 2007

To All Motorcyclists:

 

New York Freedom Riders R.A.C.E., Riders Against Constitutional Erosion, is an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring personal freedoms, liberties, and individual rights. Our members also monitor current legislation being introduced into the New York State Assembly and Senate to insure our rights are not being taken away. We have found a bill that we feel is discriminating and can jeopardize your right as an individual and is the reason why we are contacting you.

Assembly bill A04755 and Senate bill S01739 states: Authorizes the superintendent of state police to establish and maintain a statewide gang database consisting of information pertaining to criminal street gang members in order to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in the apprehension and prosecution of such criminal street gang members.

The reason given for these bills to be written are as follows: “Gang members are always looking to expand their gang's membership or turf. This 
legislation would allow the State police to establish a database for all law enforcement agencies in New York State to use in fighting gangs. 
Many gangs send members from one area to another to recruit members, sell/buy guns, drugs or other stolen property where their members are 
not well known. This would create one source for law enforcement agencies to check when they arrest or suspect new individual(s) in their area 
of committing gang-related crimes.”

In these bills it classifies “gang” as an individual who is a member of a formal or informal group, club, organization, or association of three or more individuals who participate, or agree to participate, in criminal activity.  It also states the database will contain information on individuals who affiliate with the person who has been arrested and the statewide database will be used for investigations, apprehensions, and prosecution of individuals.  We feel New York State does not have the right to compile files and prosecute individuals on what others have done.  “Guilt by association” should never be used as a legal excuse to prosecute. 

We have enclosed the current bill for you to review. New York Freedom Riders will be monitoring this bill and we will inform you of any developments that may occur.  If you have any questions pertaining to this bill or any bills that you feel take away your rights, please contact us at: nyfreedomriders@localnet.com or visit our website at: www.newyorkfreedomriders.com.

 

                                                                                                         Thank you,

                                                                                                         Bill Cox, President

                                                                                                         New York Freedom Riders

                                                                                                      

2007-2008 Regular Sessions

I N  A S S E M B L Y

February 6, 2007

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       Introduced by M. of A. BARRA -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations

       AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing a statewide gang database

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-

       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 231 to

    2  read as follows:

    3    S 231. STATEWIDE GANG DATABASE. 1. THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE  DIVISION

    4  OF STATE POLICE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A STATEWIDE

    5  GANG  DATABASE  CONSISTING  OF  IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION PERTAINING TO

    6  GANG MEMBERS. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION, "GANG MEMBER" OR  "CRIMI-

    7  NAL  STREET  GANG  MEMBER" SHALL MEAN AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS A MEMBER OF A

    8  FORMAL OR INFORMAL GROUP, CLUB, ORGANIZATION, OR ASSOCIATION OF THREE OR

    9  MORE INDIVIDUALS WHO PARTICIPATE, OR AGREE TO PARTICIPATE,  IN  CRIMINAL

   10  ACTIVITY.

   11    2.  IN  DEVELOPING  AND MAINTAINING THE STATEWIDE GANG DATABASE ESTAB-

   12  LISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION,  THE  SUPERINTENDENT

   13  OF THE DIVISION OF STATE POLICE SHALL:

   14    (A)  CREATE  A  UNIFORM  REPORTING  FORMAT  FOR THE ENTRY OF PERTINENT

   15  INFORMATION REGARDING THE REPORT OF AN  ARRESTED  CRIMINAL  STREET  GANG

   16  MEMBER OR ORGANIZED GANG AFFILIATES INTO THE STATEWIDE GANG DATABASE;

   17    (B)  NOTIFY  ALL STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THAT REPORTS

   18  OF ARRESTED CRIMINAL STREET GANG MEMBERS OR  ORGANIZED  GANG  AFFILIATES

   19  SHALL BE ENTERED INTO THE STATEWIDE GANG DATABASE AS SOON AS THE MINIMUM

   20  LEVEL  OF  DATA, TO BE SPECIFIED BY SUCH SUPERINTENDENT, IS AVAILABLE TO

   21  THE REPORTING AGENCY;

   22    (C) DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A POLICY FOR NOTIFYING STATE AND  LOCAL  LAW

   23  ENFORCEMENT  AGENCIES  OF THE EMERGENCE OF NEW ORGANIZED CRIMINAL STREET

   24  GANGS, OR THE CHANGE OF A NAME OR OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, SIGN OR

   25  SYMBOL OF AN EXISTING ORGANIZED CRIMINAL STREET GANG;

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

                             { } is old law to be omitted.

                                                                  LBD06614-01-7

       A. 4755                             2

    1    (D) COMPILE AND RETAIN INFORMATION REGARDING ORGANIZED CRIMINAL STREET

    2  GANGS AND THEIR MEMBERS AND AFFILIATES, IN  A  MANNER  THAT  ALLOWS  THE

    3  INFORMATION  TO BE USED BY STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, AND

    4  OTHER STATE AGENCIES, AS DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE

    5  DIVISION OF STATE POLICE, FOR INVESTIGATIVE PURPOSES;

    6    (E)  COMPILE AND MAINTAIN A HISTORY DATA REPOSITORY RELATING TO ORGAN-

    7  IZED CRIMINAL STREET GANGS AND THEIR MEMBERS AND AFFILIATES IN ORDER  TO

    8  DEVELOP  AND IMPROVE TECHNIQUES UTILIZED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND

    9  PROSECUTORS IN  THE  INVESTIGATION,  APPREHENSION,  AND  PROSECUTION  OF

   10  MEMBERS AND AFFILIATES OF ORGANIZED GANGS;

   11    (F)  CREATE A QUALITY CONTROL PROGRAM REGARDING CONFIRMATION OF ORGAN-

   12  IZED CRIMINAL STREET GANG  MEMBERSHIP  AND  ORGANIZED  GANG  AFFILIATION

   13  DATA,  TIMELINESS AND ACCURACY OF INFORMATION ENTERED INTO THE STATEWIDE

   14  GANG DATABASE AND PERFORMANCE AUDITS OF ALL AGENCIES  ENTERING  INFORMA-

   15  TION;

   16    (G)  DETERMINE  WHICH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES MAY BENEFIT FROM ACCESS

   17  TO THE STATEWIDE GANG DATABASE, AND NOTIFY THEM OF ITS EXISTENCE; AND

   18    (H) COOPERATE WITH ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WISHING TO GAIN ACCESS

   19  TO THE STATEWIDE GANG DATABASE, AND  FACILITATE  THEIR  ENTRY  INTO  AND

   20  CONTINUED ACCESS TO THE DATABASE SYSTEM.

   21    S  2.  Severability.  If any provision of this act, or the application

   22  thereof to any person or circumstance, shall be adjudged by any court of

   23  competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unconstitutional, such  judgment

   24  shall  not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall

   25  be confined in its operation to the provision of this  act,  or  in  its

   26  application  to  the  person  or  circumstance, directly involved in the

   27  controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.

   28    S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-

   29  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.