Press Releases

CPR Slams Chief O’Neill for Supporting Backroom Political Deal without Touted “Community Engagement”

In response to NYPD Chief James O’Neill, named successor to Commissioner Bratton, announcing his support for the deal Speaker Mark-Viverito and Commissioner Bratton struck in an attempt to block the Right to Know Act police reforms, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Mark Winston Griffith, executive director of Brooklyn Movement Center.

CPR Responds to Bratton Resignation, O’Neill Announced As Successor

In response to the announcement that NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton will resign and Chief of Department James O’Neill will succeed him, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Anthonine Pierre.

CPR Responds to Bronx Incident of Abusive Policing of Assemblyman Michael Blake

In response to reports that New York State Assembly Member Michael Blake was subjected to an abusive policing encounter in the district he represents, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

On 2-Year Mark of Eric Garner’s Killing, Speaker Mark-Viverito’s NYPD Side-Deal Criticized As Charade

Moms of Garner & Ramarley Graham’s, advocates and council members committed to real reform announce continued push for Right to Know Act passage into law, ignoring Speaker-NYPD agreement

Community members convey risk in delaying police accountability reforms, highlight NYC as dangerous model of political obstruction that allows police abuses, brutality and killings to continue nationally

CPR Calls for Changes to NYPD Body Camera Policy to Ensure Transparency, Independent Third-Party Storage of Footage

As NYPD releases draft body camera policy with survey to start public comment, community coalition demands extension of public comment period, more language accessibility and formal role for impacted communities in evaluation of body camera program implementation

In response to the NYPD’s release of its proposed policy on body cameras ordered as a result of the Floyd v. City of New York case and a public comment period/survey, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Loyda Colon, co-director of the Justice Committee.

CPR Responds to NYPD IG Report on Broken Windows Policing

In response to a report by the NYPD inspector general that found NYPD enforcement of low-level infractions and offenses to have no “empirical evidence demonstrating a clear and direct link” to reduced crime but is enforced disparately across the city, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

Advocates Applaud Assembly Passage of Critical Criminal Justice Reform to Modernize Police Data Reporting; Urge Senate to Follow Suit

Advocates, elected leaders, and New Yorkers from Brooklyn to Buffalo strongly applaud the NYS Assembly for passing the Police Statistics and Transparency (STAT) Act (A.7698-A/Lentol; same as S.6001-A/Squadron) late Wednesday.

In response to the New York State Assembly’s passage of the Police STAT Act (A.7698-A/Lentol; same as S.6001-A/Squadron) late Wednesday, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Jose Lopez.

Reform Campaign Slams NYPD Commissioner Bratton for Baseless Claims, Deflecting Blame and Corruption

In response to Commissioner Bratton’s claim that civilians documenting the police are an “epidemic” that escalates police violence against civilians while he fails to hold officers involved in misconduct and brutality accountable, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

“Either Bill Bratton is desperate for national attention or is seeking to deflect from corruption investigations and his impotence in addressing systemic failed police accountability, but it could be all of the above. His claim of an ‘epidemic’ that legal observation of the police fuels police violence against civilians is akin to blaming the witness of a violent crime for the actions of the attacker – it’s ludicrous.

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