A federal court has approved an emergency motion from the Justice Department to order the search of the FBI’s “uic” database to determine if there are any records of people using the names of individuals with disabilities.
The motion, filed by the Justice and State Departments, also asked a federal judge to issue a protective order to prevent the search from being used against people who are accused of being Red Cap members.
A redacted version of the motion was obtained by ABC News.
The order would require the FBI to search the database within 90 days and to report back to the court any information on those who have been identified as members of the Red Cap group.
The Red Cap is a loose association of people with disabilities who use the names and images of those with disabilities in their communications, the motion said.
“It is not clear to the public that this information was not collected to further the Red Cat’s stated purposes,” the motion stated.
It added that the government’s motion is “in response to a request for an emergency protective order.”
It is unclear whether the Red Caps members have been arrested or have been charged.
The White House said last week that it was reviewing the Redcap’s activities.
The Redcap has come under scrutiny in the past, with a lawsuit filed in January alleging that the organization uses names of people who have mental disabilities to solicit donations and sell their “personal effects” to members.
The Justice Department said in a letter last month that the RedCap “took the position that the use of the name Red Cap for the purpose of soliciting donations is offensive and violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
A spokesman for the Justice Dept. did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.ABC News’ Jonathan Allen contributed to this report.