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After Obama Policing Task Force Endorses Right to Know Act, Advocates and Elected Officials Call for NYC Council to Schedule Hearing and Pass Legislation

President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing cited provisions of legislation in final report among critical recommendations to improve policing released during Obama Camden visit

A day after the President Obama-appointed Task Force on 21st Century Policing released its final report, which endorsed policies advanced by the pending Right to Know Act in the New York City Council, advocates and elected officials called for New York to demonstration national leadership by scheduling a hearing and passing the legislation.

Communities United for Police Reform Responds to President Obama’s Policing Task Force’s Final Report

Call for action on recommendations mirroring proposals pending before New York State and New York City

In response to President Obama announcing the release of the final report by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang.

Police Reform Campaign Responds to Quinnipiac Poll on NYC Police

In response to today's Quinnipiac poll on policing in New York City, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez:

Police Reform Campaign Responds to Mayor de Blasio's Executive Budget Not Including 1,000 Additional NYPD Staff

In response to Mayor de Blasio deciding against increase of 1,000 to NYPD headcount in his Executive Budget, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang.

Police Reform Campaign Responds to Mayor de Blasio’s Comments on Last Night’s Freddie Gray Protests

In response to Mayor de Blasio’s comments on last night’s protests in New York City, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez.

“It’s unacceptable that Mayor de Blasio refused to take responsibility for the systemic lack of respect that the NYPD showed for the rights of peaceful protesters last night by being the ones inciting abuse and violence against New Yorkers. Our communities have been brutalized and killed by police despite following the law for decades, and last night New Yorkers were once again brutalized by the NYPD for simply protesting.

Diverse Alliance of Organizations Urges City Council to Drop Proposal for 1,000 New NYPD Officers

Groups call for fundamental reforms to fix broken police accountability system and culture that promotes discriminatory and abusive policing; In highlighting critical funding needs of communities, appeal presses for more holistic and far-sighted view to public health, safety and investment

A group of nearly sixty groups that represent a diverse number of 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 community funding needs.
 

Communities United for Police Reform Responds to City Council Budget Proposal to Add NYPD Staff

In response to reports that the City Council plans to continue advocating for an addition of 1,000 to the NYPD headcount in its Preliminary Budget response, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from Priscilla Gonzalez.

Communities United for Police Reform Responds to NYPD Inspector General Annual Report

In response to the Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD releasing its First Annual Report, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang.

“It is a positive step forward for New Yorkers’ safety and civil rights that Inspector General Eure has been staffing up to be able to fulfill the office's full mandate, and we look forward to their forthcoming reports.

Communities, Families Beset by Policing & Police Killings Make Call in Albany for New York State to Lead Nationally with Accountability & Transparency Reforms

New Yorkers call for governor and legislature to advance comprehensive police data reporting, special prosecutor

Community groups and the surviving family members of New Yorkers killed by police were in the capital to call for Albany leaders to set a national example by advancing comprehensive reforms to address the national crisis of failed police accountability and transparency. Specifically, the group called for the governor and legislative leaders to adopt a requirement for comprehensive collection and reporting of police data by departments across the state within the state budget, as well as for the governor to issue an executive order to establish a special prosecutor for police killings.

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