2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Wednesday, June 5 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Fighting "Big Data" Policing

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The New York City Police Department collects information every time it arrests someone. This information is fed into systems for predictive policing, digital surveillance, facial recognition, and other data mining. This practice of harvesting data from arrests builds on the NYPD’s “broken windows” policing, in which police aggressively expanded arrests on minor charges, many of which were thrown out in court. The information collected during dismissed and sealed cases can continue to haunt people through increased surveillance and new police scrutiny, and the information can show up in new criminal prosecutions. These practices will likely continue spreading as they become cheaper or are centralized by private companies. This panel will discuss how The Bronx Defenders fights police harvesting arrest data in specific criminal prosecutions, in class action litigation seeking to end the NYPD’s use of data from sealed arrests, and in legislative and community advocacy helping communities resist surveillance and data-mining outside of court.


Shakeer Rahman

Skadden Fellow, Impact Litigation Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Shakeer Rahman is a Skadden Fellow in the Impact Litigation Practice at The Bronx Defenders, where he helps Bronx residents challenge systemic injustices in how they are policed. His work includes class action lawsuits against government agencies, including the NYPD and federal immigration... Read More →

Alice Fontier

Managing Director of Criminal Defense, The Bronx Defenders
Alice Fontier is managing director of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders. She has been a criminal defense attorney for more than 12 years, representing thousands of clients in both state and federal courts. After graduating from New York University School of Law... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Severn 2nd Floor

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