The Bloomberg administration has agreed to stop collecting the names and addresses of New Yorkers who were stopped by police, arrested or issued a summons, and later cleared of any wrongdoing. In addition to discontinuing the practice of collection, the NYPD must also delete the information they already have, which relates to some 565,000 stops since 2004.

The City's concession is part of a settlement in Lino v. City of New York, a lawsuit filed in 2010 by the NYCLU to curb the NYPD's practice of maintaining a massive stop-and-frisk database. A law signed by then-Governor Paterson that same year forbid the NYPD from keeping the names and addresses of people who were stopped and not arrested or issued summonses, but the City kept collecting the data for those who received them—even if the charges were tossed out later.

“It was wrong and illegal for the police department to be keeping these names and addresses in the stop-and-frisk database, and this settlement puts an end to that practice," said NYCLU associate legal director Christopher Dunn, who was also lead counsel in the case.

The settlement signals yet another retrenchment by the Bloomberg administration and the NYPD with regard to stop-and-frisk. In March, the NYPD altered department policy in order to keep better documentation of stops—a change that was requested by the plaintiffs in a landmark federal stop-and-frisk trial and previously mocked by City attorneys.

Police stops also fell by 51% in the first quarter of the year, even as crime has continued to drop.

A City attorney told the Times that the settlement in this case was a "natural outgrowth" of the 2010 law, and that "it just didn't make sense to continue this particular litigation."

The NYPD will continue to collect data on stops, but it will be non-identifying factors, such as race, age, gender, and location.

With crime at historic lows, it's worth remembering what NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said in 2010 after Governor Paterson signed the bill that began to dismantle the stop-and-frisk database:

Without it, there will be, inevitably, killers and other criminals who won't be captured as quickly or perhaps ever. They'll be free to threaten our neighborhoods longer than they would have been otherwise. Albany has robbed us of a great crime-fighting tool, one that saved lives.