Press Releases

Ramarley Graham’s Family & New Yorkers Demand Swift Action from de Blasio & O’Neill on Day Marking 5 Years Since NYPD Killed Unarmed Teen

In 5 Years since killing and one year since feds closed investigation, no officers have been disciplined and only one has faced NYPD trial with outcome still pending
Family and New Yorkers express disappointment in de Blasio for not fulfilling 2012 call as public advocate for “fair, speedy and transparent” accountability for officers in killing





All Ramarley did was pull up his pants while walking with his friends. It was the biased-based, discriminatory profiling of the NYPD officers involved that created a contrary perception of the 18-year-old teenager, who was walking with friends within his own neighborhood. If the officers were so sure he was armed, why didn’t they stop-and-frisk him on the street for a weapon while he was calmly walking home?

Family of Ramarley Graham, Community Supporters Pack First Day of Trial against Officer Responsible for Shooting Graham, Other Misconduct

Family and community members demand accountability and transparency from de Blasio & O’Neill: #FireHaste and other officers responsible for killing and misconduct

Five years since killing, $30K in pay raises for Haste without accountability demonstrates lack of change by de Blasio

Over 130 Feminist Leaders & Organizations Urge NYC Elected Officials to Take Swift Action on Police Reform to Provide Protections for Women

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

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

de Blasio & O’Neill Tout November Crime Statistics, Continue Failing to Address Alleged Abuses & Misconduct during Month

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.

November 1 - NYPD Cop Found Guilty of Helping Bronx Drug Dealer Traffic Cocaine (New York Daily News)

CPR Responds to NYPD Killing of Ariel Galarza in the Bronx

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.

“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.

Community Leaders, Plaintiffs to Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuits Announce Process for Impacted Communities to Formally Participate in Court-Ordered Reform Process That Can Help End NYPD Abuses

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.

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