A group of nearly 60 organizations that represent diverse communities across New York City sent a letter to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the City Council to oppose their proposal to increase the NYPD headcount, urging that they instead prioritize vital police reforms and funding for unfulfilled community needs.
This week, we learned of the tragic and unjust police killing of Walter Scott, an unarmed 50-year-old Black man in North Charleston, SC. The incident has gained national attention, and the police officer who killed Walter Scott has been fired and charged with murder, in large part because a bystander pulled out their cell phone and started filming. Today, there is a growing #CopWatch movement of individuals and groups who are exercising their right to observe and document police activity.
Communities United for Police Reform is in full swing! From our communities to City Hall to the state capital to the Oval Office in Washington, DC—CPR leaders are delivering powerful demands for police accountability and transparency, as well as an end to discriminatory and abusive policing. This month, we have been advocating for city and state action that would help begin to bring justice and safety to communities impacted by discriminatory policing and police violence.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Today, Communities United for Police Reform, advocates and elected officials held a RALLY & PRESS CONFERENCE to demand that court-mandated stop-and-frisk reforms move forward with all stakeholders at the table, especially New Yorkers most directly affected by discriminatory stop-and-frisk abuses! Following the rally, dozens of supporters PACKED THE COURT for oral arguments on the police unions’ appeal to intervene in the federal stop-and-frisk lawsuit (Floyd v. City of New York).
On September 11-12, 2014, Communities United for Police Reform, the Center for Popular Democracy and Local Progress hosted a two-day national convening with over 80 community organizers, policy/legal advocates, academics, and funders to share lessons and strategies for bringing justice, accountability and transparency to policing in the United States. Participants hailed from over a dozen cities, including New York, Ferguson/St.Louis, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Chicago, Providence, Cincinnati, Seattle, Baltimore, Durham, Newark, Minneapolis and Milwaukee.
Over the past several weeks, people across the country have been outraged and heartbroken by the recent police killings of Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner and others who have unjustly lost their lives to police brutality and violence. These tragic and unnecessary deaths have sparked actions and protests calling for justice and an end to the excessive use of force on communities of color across the country. On Saturday, August 23rd, Communities United for Police Reform joined thousands of people from across the region for the #WeWillNotGoBack March for Justice.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 18, 2014
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 2, 2014
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