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Advocates, Community Groups Call for Inclusion of Specific NYPD Trainings, Accountability for Excessive Force and End to Disparate Enforcement at Council Hearing

Police reform advocates and community organizations from across the city testified at a City Council hearing on the NYPD’s plan to enhance officer trainings, calling for the inclusion of certain types of trainings and indicating that training alone is not a suitable solution. The advocates reiterated that clear, consistent and timely accountability for officers’ use of excessive force and systemic reforms to the disparate enforcement of minor infractions within communities of color are essential to prevent future tragedies like the death of Eric Garner.

CPR Statement: Quinnipiac Poll

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

“The issue isn’t whether New Yorkers want their quality of life issues addressed – everyone deserves that – or whether the police should enforce the law, but it is in how certain communities are unreasonably targeted for low-level offenses.

STATEMENTS FROM COMMUNITIES UNITED FOR POLICE REFORM

Re: March against Police Brutality on Staten Island

“Police brutality that has habitually victimized and killed people of color must come to an end. Justice must be served in the killings of Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham, Mike Brown and so many others. The double standards must end with police officers being held accountable for unjustifiable, violent acts in the same way that civilians are held accountable.

Community Leaders & New Yorkers Impacted by Discriminatory Policing Demand Full Accountability for All NYPD officers Involved in Eric Garner’s Death, Zero Tolerance for All Police Brutality

Groups call for de Blasio Administration to do more than just new NYPD training to prevent police brutality, end discriminatory and abusive Broken Windows policing

New Yorkers impacted by discriminatory policing were joined by elected officials and community leaders on the steps of City Hall to demand that all NYPD officers involved in the incident leading to Eric Garner’s death be held fully accountable, and that the de Blasio administration enforce zero tolerance for all police brutality and halt discriminatory, abusive broken windows policing. “The police brutality that stole Eric Garner from his family, and has taken the lives of so many other Black and Latino New Yorkers must end,” said Priscilla Gonzalez of Communities United for Police Reform. “Serious change is needed that proddvides full accountability for all the officers responsible and ensures there is zero tolerance for all police brutality. The de Blasio administration must also come to terms with the role broken windows plays in the abuse of communities of color. The hyper-enforcement of minor infractions that disproportionately targets communities of color must end for police-community relations to truly improve in any meaningful way.”

CPR Statement: The Appointment of Richard D. Emery, Esq. as Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board

In response to the appointment of Richard D. Emery, Esq. as Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang.

“We applaud the appointment of Richard D. Emery as chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.  His strong, consistent commitment to justice has challenged government action when necessary and fought to uphold the fundamental civil rights of New Yorkers. His track record includes a significant history challenging NYPD brutality and misconduct, as well as participation in efforts to hold police accountable to the public.  We look forward to working with him in his new role to ensure that the CCRB becomes a more effective entity.”

 

CPR Statement: Court Decision Rejecting NYPD Unions’ Legal Challenge to Community Safety Act Anti-Profiling Law

In response to the court decision today rejecting NYPD unions’ legal challenge to the Community Safety Act anti-profiling law (Local Law 71 of 2013), Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang.


“Justice has been upheld with the court rejecting the baseless legal arguments advanced by NYPD unions and the former Bloomberg administration against city law that prohibits bias-based police profiling. New Yorkers know that it should be unlawful for police to target them solely based on who they are – whether race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, housing or immigration status – and today the court confirmed it.”

Campaign That Pushed for NYPD Inspector General Calls for Investigations into Long-Standing & Continuing Problematic Practices, Policies

Communities United for Police Reform releases report calling for IG investigations of discriminatory policing practices, including marijuana arrests, unlawful searches, Muslim surveillance, and use of excessive and deadly force

CPR Statement: Recent Spate of NYPD Officers Involved in Alcohol-Related Shootings and DWI's

In response to three alcohol-fueled shooting incidents within the last week and several DWIs over the past couple of months by NYPD officers, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez.

STATEMENT FROM COMMUNITIES UNITED FOR POLICE REFORM

Re: Recent Spate of NYPD Officers Involved in Alcohol-Related Shootings and DWIs

“These unfortunate incidents highlight the reality that a lack of accountability at the NYPD has enabled a culture in which some officers believe they are above the law. The long-term task of establishing meaningful accountability for the police department is essential to repairing the relationship between communities and the NYPD.”

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CPR Statement: Mayor de Blasio’s First 100 Days and Stop-and-Frisk Reform

In response to the 100th day of the de Blasio administration and Mayor de Blasio’s speech at the Cooper Union today, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez

“We applaud Mayor de Blasio for taking a more productive approach and positive steps by agreeing to drop Bloomberg-era legal challenges to stop-and-frisk reforms and establishing an adequately funded inspector general's office. Stop-and-frisk abuses and discriminatory policing are engrained problems with long legacies of damage to the relationship between communities and police.

Statement from CPR on Appointment of NYPD Inspector General

In response to Department of Investigations Commissioner Mark Peters appointing Philip Eure as New York City’s first inspector general for the NYPD, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement.

“Today’s appointment of Philip Eure as the first NYPD inspector general is a step towards beginning the process of ensuring true accountability and oversight for the NYPD, something that has been absent in our city. Members of the Communities United for Police Reform campaign and allies strongly advocated for the establishment of this position because we know that the NYPD cannot police itself.

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