CPR Announcements

CPR Holds Leadership Development Institute, January 2013

In January 2013, CPR launched the first Leadership Development Institute (LDI) to build the capacity of directly affected communities to hold the NYPD accountable. The LDI trained almost 30 individual members from nine organizations to conduct Know Your Rights workshops in their communities. Knowing our rights is the first step in protecting ourselves from discriminatory and abusive policing.

CPR Members Testify at City Hall in Support of the Community Safety Act

Photo of CPR representatives testifying before City Council

On October 10, New Yorkers from across the city testified before members of the City Council at a legislative hearing on the four bills (Intros 799, 800, 801 and 881) comprising the Community Safety Act. Over 30 CPR members, supporters and partners gave testimony and answered questions from council members on the need for reform and oversight of the NYPD.

NY City Council to Hold Hearings on Stop-Question-and-Frisk Practice of NYPD

NOTE: UPDATED ADDRESSES BELOW

On September 24, the New York City Council announced two community hearings to be held by the Council Committee on Civil Rights in Brooklyn and Queens to provide the public with opportunities to submit testimony on the NYPD’s practice of stop, question and frisk. Communities United for Police Reform encourages all New Yorkers concerned about ending the discriminatory and abusive policies and practices of the NYPD to attend.

NY City Council to Hold Hearing on Community Safety Act

On September 24, the New York City Council announced an initial hearing to be held by the Public Safety Committee on the four bills (Intros 799, 800, 801 and 881) that comprise the Community Safety Act, and hearings by the Council's Civil Rights Committee on the NYPD's stop, question and frisk practices.  Collectively, the four Community Safety Act bills will reform discriminatory, abusive and unlawful policing practices, and create greater accountability and transparency of the NYPD.  The Community Safet

Latino Leaders Gather at City Hall to Call for Police Reform and Passage of Community Safety Act

Latino Leaders on steps of City Hall call for NYPD reform

On Monday September 24, Latino leaders, including Congressional, State and City elected officials, community, labor and faith representatives gathered on the steps of City Hall to demand reform of discriminatory policing practices in New York City including stop and frisk, call for passage of the Community Safety Act package of bills currently before the New York City Council, and encourage New Yorkers to attend the Rally and Advocacy Day for Community Safety on Thursday, September 27.

Video Introduction to the Community Safety Act

Want to know more about the Community Safety Act? Watch this short video introduction created by CPR member NYCLU working together with Picture the Homeless, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Streetwise and Safe, and the Muslim American Civil Liberties Union. CPR is holding a rally on September 27 to call for passage of the Community Safety Act. For more info, click here.

October 9 Deadline for Claims in $15M “Loitering” Settlement Against NYPD

In February 2012, CPR member The Bronx Defenders and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP settled a federal class action requiring New York City to pay $15 million to approximately 22,000 New Yorkers who were illegally charged with violations by the New York City Police Department under unconstitutional “loitering” statutes between 1983 and this year. The NYPD continued to enforce these void statutes for decades after New York state and federal courts had struck down these laws in the 1980s and 1990s, on First Amendment and other constitutional grounds.

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