For years the NYPD kept fingerprints of thousands of children as young as 11 years old.
“The NYPD’s fingerprint database of juveniles included children who were never even prosecuted, children whose cases may have been dismissed or they may have been acquitted,” said Lisa Freeman, the director of the Legal Aid Society.
She says once the prints are sent to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services, local police are not supposed to keep copies of them. But Legal Aid says that’s not what happened at the NYPD.
The NYPD did not admit any wrongdoing, although it now says it destroys the fingerprints of minors after those prints are sent to the state.