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CPR Statement: The Appointment of Richard D. Emery, Esq. as Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board

In response to the appointment of Richard D. Emery, Esq. as Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang.

“We applaud the appointment of Richard D. Emery as chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.  His strong, consistent commitment to justice has challenged government action when necessary and fought to uphold the fundamental civil rights of New Yorkers. His track record includes a significant history challenging NYPD brutality and misconduct, as well as participation in efforts to hold police accountable to the public.  We look forward to working with him in his new role to ensure that the CCRB becomes a more effective entity.”

 

CPR Statement: Court Decision Rejecting NYPD Unions’ Legal Challenge to Community Safety Act Anti-Profiling Law

In response to the court decision today rejecting NYPD unions’ legal challenge to the Community Safety Act anti-profiling law (Local Law 71 of 2013), Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang.


“Justice has been upheld with the court rejecting the baseless legal arguments advanced by NYPD unions and the former Bloomberg administration against city law that prohibits bias-based police profiling. New Yorkers know that it should be unlawful for police to target them solely based on who they are – whether race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, housing or immigration status – and today the court confirmed it.”

Campaign That Pushed for NYPD Inspector General Calls for Investigations into Long-Standing & Continuing Problematic Practices, Policies

Communities United for Police Reform releases report calling for IG investigations of discriminatory policing practices, including marijuana arrests, unlawful searches, Muslim surveillance, and use of excessive and deadly force

CPR Statement: Recent Spate of NYPD Officers Involved in Alcohol-Related Shootings and DWI's

In response to three alcohol-fueled shooting incidents within the last week and several DWIs over the past couple of months by NYPD officers, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez.

STATEMENT FROM COMMUNITIES UNITED FOR POLICE REFORM

Re: Recent Spate of NYPD Officers Involved in Alcohol-Related Shootings and DWIs

“These unfortunate incidents highlight the reality that a lack of accountability at the NYPD has enabled a culture in which some officers believe they are above the law. The long-term task of establishing meaningful accountability for the police department is essential to repairing the relationship between communities and the NYPD.”

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CPR Statement: Mayor de Blasio’s First 100 Days and Stop-and-Frisk Reform

In response to the 100th day of the de Blasio administration and Mayor de Blasio’s speech at the Cooper Union today, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez

“We applaud Mayor de Blasio for taking a more productive approach and positive steps by agreeing to drop Bloomberg-era legal challenges to stop-and-frisk reforms and establishing an adequately funded inspector general's office. Stop-and-frisk abuses and discriminatory policing are engrained problems with long legacies of damage to the relationship between communities and police.

Statement from CPR on Appointment of NYPD Inspector General

In response to Department of Investigations Commissioner Mark Peters appointing Philip Eure as New York City’s first inspector general for the NYPD, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement.

“Today’s appointment of Philip Eure as the first NYPD inspector general is a step towards beginning the process of ensuring true accountability and oversight for the NYPD, something that has been absent in our city. Members of the Communities United for Police Reform campaign and allies strongly advocated for the establishment of this position because we know that the NYPD cannot police itself.

CPR Statement: Re: City Council’s Public Safety Budget Hearing on NYPD

In response to the City Council Committee on Public Safety’s Preliminary Budget hearing that featured testimony from the NYPD, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez.

CPR Statement Re: Re: Mayor de Blasio’s Announcing End of City Lawsuit Challenge Discriminatory Profiling Law (Local Law 71)

In response to Mayor de Blasio announcing that the city will end the lawsuit – initiated by the previous administration – challenging the Community Safety Act law (Local Law 71) that prohibits ‘bias-based’ police profiling, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang.

CPR Statement Re: Announcement by Mayor de Blasio & Commissioner Bratton on NYPD communication retraining

In response to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announcing that NYPD officers will receive communications retraining, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez.

"Improving NYPD interactions with the public is a critical component to progressing police-community relations and ending abusive policing practices, and we are pleased it is something in which the de Blasio administration has expressed interest.

Statement from CPR Re: Announcement by the de Blasio administration on stop-and-frisk agreement

In response to Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing an agreement to take steps to end the legal battle over the Floyd stop-and-frisk decision, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang.

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