Press Releases

On MLK Day, Civil Rights, Police Reform & Community Organizations Call on City Council to Hold Oversight Hearing on NYPD’s Overly Aggressive Protest Policing

Demand follows rough policing of immigration-related protest on Thursday and other prior incidents of abusive police treatment of protesters

Groups seek oversight of Strategic Response Group’s role in abusive and repressive protest policing and conflation of “anti-terror” and protest

Mother of Ramarley Graham Responds to NY Supreme Court Judge’s Ruling against City & NYPD for Withholding Records in Killing of Unarmed Teenager & Misusing State Law 50-a

In response to a preliminary ruling by Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez in a lawsuit brought by the family of Ramarley Graham, Communities United for Police Reform, and the Justice Committee against the NYPD for refusing to comply with a FOIL request for information related to Graham’s killing, his mother Constance Malcolm released the following statement.

Mother of Ramarley Graham, Family’s Attorney & the Justice Committee Respond to NYPD Plea Agreements with Officers Involved in Killing Graham

In response to a report and other information confirming that two of the officers involved in the killing of Ramarley Graham (Sergeant Scott Morris and Officer John McLoughlin) reached plea agreements with the NYPD on departmental charges, the mother of Graham - Constance Malcolm – issued the following statement.

Communities United for Police Reform Responds to NYC Council Committee Vote on Police Reform Bill (Intro 541-C) & Bill That Undermines Police Accountability (Intro 182-D)

In response to the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety passing Intro 541-C and 182-D, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

Communities United for Police Reform Releases Statement on Right to Know Act Bills

In response to Right to Know Act bills being laid to age last night for an impending vote, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

Communities United for Police Reform Statement on Right to Know Act

In response to Right to Know Act lead sponsors, Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Ritchie Torres, failing to take action on the legislation at today’s Stated Meeting and an anonymously sourced report about a deal being on the table, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

“There is no deal on the Right to Know Act without non-emergency investigatory policing encounters being covered, including when police are doing investigatory questioning at Level 1 encounters. If a police officer can ask you for identification in non-emergency situations, there is no reason New Yorkers should be left without the identity of the officer and the reason for the encounter in such situations. Any purported bill that seeks to provide such a gaping loophole has no agreement from advocates and communities.

Family of Delrawn Small Responds to Not Guilty Verdict against NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs Who Killed Small

Family comments on failure of jury as injustice, racialized fear, racism in justice system and society; demands that Mayor de Blasio & NYPD Commissioner O’Neill fire Isaacs. 

In response to the jury finding NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs not guilty of murder for killing unarmed Delrawn Small on Atlantic Avenue on July 4, 2016, Delrawn Small’s brother and sister, Victor Dempsey and Victoria Davis, released the following statement.

“Nothing can bring Delrawn back or fill the void in our hearts and lives from our brother being taken from us by this senseless murder‎. We are devastated and outraged that the jury failed to ensure justice by not holding NYPD Officer Wayne Isaacs accountable for murdering our brother. What Wayne Isaacs did that night – immediately shooting and killing our brother as he approached his car and leaving him to bleed out and die, when he had so many other options – was murder, in cold blood.

With Only 3 Months Left to Pass Bills, Hundreds of New Yorkers Descend on City Hall Demanding Action on Right to Know Act Police Reforms

Right to Know Act is supported by majority of council members, 200+ groups and Colin Kaepernick; policies received support from Obama policing taskforce and Council’s Young Women’s Initiative

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