New York state Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hear arguments on a case challenging the city’s police department’s surveillance practices, including whether officers can search homes without a warrant.
The state’s highest court will hear arguments Thursday about the city of Albany’s request for an injunction barring the New York Police Department from using a controversial technology to search people without a search warrant.
Lawyers for the New Jersey-based technology company said Albany is “unreasonable” in seeking the injunction.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has repeatedly argued that its use of the technology is legal and the court should grant an injunction that would bar the city from using it in Albany, which has more than 80,000 residents.
But the city, which is also a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New York, has been pushing for a broader injunction, arguing the city has the right to protect the privacy of residents.
A decision on the injunction is expected to be announced by the state’s high court.
A federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled in March that the New Yorkers’ constitutional right to privacy was not violated when the police department used a system that collects information from cellphones, GPS devices and other devices to search homes.
The ACLU said the NYPD’s warrantless searches of people without probable cause were unconstitutional.