Women continue to experience gender-specific police abuses and impending Trump administration make local action even more urgent, and city should demonstrate leadership with action
For immediate release:December 12, 2016
In letter to NYC Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, Public Safety Chair Gibson, and Women’s Caucus Co-Chairs Cumbo & Rosenthal, group encourages NYC’s women elected officials to lead efforts to pass Right to Know Act
As Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner O’Neill gave briefing on crime data from November, they continued to ignore alleged abuses and misconduct during month, including the police killing of Ariel Galarza just days after killing of Deborah Danner.
In response to the NYPD killing Ariel Galarza in the Bronx by the use of a Taser, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.
For immediate release:November 3, 2016
“The NYPD’s killing of Ariel Galarza – another Bronx resident reportedly experiencing an emotional crisis within their own home, just two weeks after killing Deborah Danner – should make clear that simply new words by Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner O’Neill but with status quo actions are unacceptable. There is clearly a longstanding problem with the police department handling these incidents, and Tasers are not a safe weapon of force.
Groups clarify that stop-and-frisk abuses have yet to be resolved, and urge New Yorkers most affected by NYPD abuses to engage in ongoing reform process through “Our Communities, Our Solutions” initiative.
For immediate release:November 2, 2016
As stop-and-frisk/NYPD abuses continue to impact New Yorkers, forums across NYC and online engagement launch to advance lasting solutions from communities through court-ordered reforms
“We are disappointed and disagree with the decision by Attorney General Schneiderman and his special prosecutor unit to not assume responsibility for investigating and prosecuting this case, given what most New Yorkers see as an unjustifiable killing triggered by acknowledged violations of NYPD protocols. Any reckless actions and decisions by Sergeant Barry that led to Deborah Danner’s death – and actions of other officers on the scene which still remain unknown – call for thorough investigation and accountability to the law....