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NYC Wants To Hire 1,000 More NYPD Officers, Civil Rights Groups Say Spend Money On Youth And Homeless Instead

International Business Times

A coalition of civil rights and social justice organizations in New York City came out Thursday against a City Council plan to hire 1,000 police officers. The group of organizations, which collectively represent communities of color, the LGBT community, low-income residents, youth, the homeless and immigrant New Yorkers, said adding the officers amid growing concerns about police accountability in New York and across the nation would be a bad move.

City Council Speaker Draws Ire of Allies on Police Hiring

New York Times
The New York City Council is again calling for the hiring of 1,000 additional police officers, a request that Mayor Bill de Blasio rejected last year. Undeterred, the Council, led by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, outlined a budget proposal this week that would spend $68.7 million in the coming fiscal year, which begins on July 1, to add 1,000 officers to the class that will enter the Police Academy in July.

De Blasio exaggerates NYPD stop-and-frisk reforms

De Blasio exaggerates effectiveness of NYPD stop-and-frisk reforms to predominantly black audience
New York Daily News

Mayor de Blasio exaggerated the effectiveness of his reforms of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program in an address to a predominantly black audience.

Speaking in prepared remarks to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Wednesday, de Blasio compared his application of the controversial crime-fighting tactic to the way it was done under ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Report Prompts Questions About NYPD Watchdog’s Role

Oversight agency referred bulk of complaints last year to NYPD’s own investigative arm
Wall Street Journal

The city agency created to increase oversight of the New York Police Department referred more than half of the complaints it received last year to the NYPD’s internal investigative body, according to a new report, prompting some to question the effectiveness of an entity intended to act independently of the department it oversees.

Groups, officials want Cuomo to strengthen criminal justice proposal

Amsterdam News
Some New York state senators and Assembly members have linked up with civil rights advocates and community groups. With the Legislature holding a hearing on criminal justice reform, they have announced their support for strengthening the governor’s “Executive Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015” proposal in the 2015-2016 executive budget to require reporting on policing data.

NYPD To Create New Unit To Investigate Cop Shootings

The unit will reportedly be modeled after a similar division at the LAPD. There are already several agencies dedicated to investigating the NYPD’s use of force.
The New York Police Department wants to create a unit to investigate incidents in which cops shoot civilians, the Staten Island Advance reported. If the Force Investigation Division, as it’s being called, comes to fruition, it will be one of numerous agencies that has the authority to investigate a police-involved shooting.

Advocates, lawmakers urge Cuomo to appoint special prosecutors

Capital NY
Dozens of advocates were joined by black and Latino lawmakers for a rally outside the Senate chambers in the Capitol on Tuesday, asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor when a civilian dies during police interaction. Iris Baez, mother of Anthony Baez, who died in 1994 after an apparent chokehold during a police encounter, urged Cuomo to sign an executive order to appoint a special prosecutor as soon as possible.