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#ThisStopsToday: After No Indictment in Garner Case, Outraged New Yorkers Demand Full Accountability for NYPD and Plan Massive Action in Foley Square

New Yorkers across the city are outraged that there was no indictment of officers involved in the killing of Eric Garner, expressing the need for full accountability and systemic reforms. They plan to come together at Foley Square tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. to say:


After Ferguson Grand Jury Failure, Federal Government Must Act for Justice

Today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following statement in response to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot unarmed Michael Brown in August:

Swift Accountability and Systemic Change Needed to Address Police Brutality and Misconduct

Today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following statement in response to the police killing of Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old black man in East New York, and the macing and beating of Donovan Lawson, a 20-year-old black man in Bushwick:

NYPD Reform Advocates and New York City Council Members Announce New Legislation to Improve Communication between Police and Residents

The Right to Know Act, new commonsense legislation introduced in the City Council, will improve communication between police officers and residents, and defuse conflict before it escalates. It is designed to rebuild trust between communities of color and the NYPD.

New Yorkers often have no idea why they are being questioned, stopped or searched, and don’t feel empowered to ask the identity of police officers interacting with them. The Right to Know Act, legislation introduced today by Council Members Ritchie Torres and Antonio Reynoso, would help solve that problem. It has strong support from Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), community groups, local residents, and advocates.

For Real Reform, an End to Unlawful Searches Must Accompany New NYPD Policy on Marijuana

Today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), a leading voice for change of the NYPD, released the following statement on Mayor de Blasio’s reported plan to require the NYPD to issue tickets for low-level marijuana possession instead of making arrests:

Tucker's Appointment Must Come With Real Changes to NYPD

Bratton and Tucker Must Prove Ray Kelly Wrong and Deliver Real Reform

New York, NY – Today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), a leading voice for change of the NYPD, released the following statement on the appointment of Benjamin Tucker as NYPD First Deputy Commissioner: “Benjamin Tucker will be judged by whether he takes action to change NYPD for the better. New Yorkers want to see concrete reform at the NYPD, not a continuation of discriminatory broken windows policing from prior administrations.

Communities United for Police Reform Statement Re: Departures of Chief Banks & First Deputy Commissioner Pineiro

CPR Says Departures of Banks and Pineiro Signal Need for Systemic & Cultural Change at NYPD

"The recent departures of Police Chief Philip Banks and First Deputy Police Commissioner Rafael Pineiro raise concerns about how changing the NYPD as an institution will move from words to action. Ensuring that senior leadership of the NYPD, like all city agencies, become more representative of the City’s diverse communities is important as one indicator of commitment to change. At the same time, there are concrete changes to NYPD policy and culture that are necessary and long-overdue. Officers who brutalize New Yorkers must be held accountable by the department with timely and appropriate discipline. The NYPD must end discriminatory practices, such as unlawful searches, racially biased marijuana arrests and other examples of abusive ‘broken windows’ enforcement in communities of color,” said Priscilla Gonzalez.

Communities United for Police Reform Responds to Court Ruling in Stop-and-Frisk Case


In response to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling to grant the City of New York's request to withdraw its appeal, deny police unions’ appeal to intervene, and to lift the stay on remedies in Floyd v. City of New York, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez.

Before Court Hearing Begins in Stop-and-Frisk Appeal, City Leaders, Law Enforcement Associations & Advocates Call for Court to End NYPD Unions’ to End Obstruction on Reforms

Group urges court to lift stay on reform process, oppose NYPD unions’ frivolous legal efforts to hold New Yorkers’ civil rights hostage to their contract negotiations; New Yorkers stress need for court-ordered reform process inclusive of affected communities and other stakeholders to enact lasting reforms beyond just drop in number of stops

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, New York City Council members and other city leaders from the law enforcement and advocacy communities were joined by New Yorkers from across the city to urge the Court of Appeals to lift its stay on the court-ordered stop-and-frisk reform process and end NYPD unions’ obstruction.  The group, convening just prior to the beginning of the first court hearing with oral arguments on the appeal, also demanded that the police unions stop using frivolous legal maneuvers to block the beginning of the reform process, in which they would be a particip