Suffolk County widens distribution of gang lists
By Rachelle Blidner
June 30, 2019
Lawyers, civil rights groups and immigrant rights groups say that, in New York, people have been falsely labeled as gang members for being from the same low-income and minority areas where known gang members live; being seen talking to gang members, even if they are students in the same high school; or wearing clothing with colors such as MS-13’s blue and white. …
Emily Torstveit Ngara, director of the Deportation Defense Clinic at Hofstra Law School, said such broad criteria lead authorities to dissect what young men and women, particularly Latinos and other people of color, are wearing and “every move they make.”
“It’s just policing every aspect of these kids’ lives and subjecting them to way more scrutiny than their peers who are white, for example,” [Torstveit] Ngara said.
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