Press Releases

Council Members, Civil Rights Groups & New Yorkers Support Override of Bloomberg Vetoes of Community Safety Act

Following federal court decision, New Yorkers demand historic reforms to enforce profiling ban, extend protections for LGBTQ & immigrants; less than week away from 50th anniversary of March on Washington, leaders call for enactment of civil rights legislation to protect New Yorkers

Today, Council Members Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams, their colleagues, Communities United for Police Reform, civil rights and labor leaders, and New Yorkers held a press conference to express their support for a City Council override of Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act.

CPR Statement Re: Council Override of Mayor Bloomberg’s Vetoes of Community Safety Act

Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following statement today from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang in response to the City Council’s vote to override Mayor Bloomberg’s vetoes of the Community Safety Act legislation to ban discriminatory profiling and establish independent oversight of the NYPD.

“Today is a victory for civil rights, safety and the people of our great city, whose voices have been heard. New Yorkers want to live in a city where equality and justice matter and today’s vote confirms those are the foundation of our city's values. We’re proud of council members who stood up for the people of New York City today and were national leaders in meeting President Obama’s challenge to ensure government policies prohibit profiling.

Statement from CPR & Public Housing Advocates Re: Mayor Bloomberg’s Comments on the Fingerprinting of Public Housing Residents

In response to Mayor Bloomberg saying public housing residents should all be fingerprinted to enter their homes, Communities United for Police Reform and several public housing advocates released the following statements.

“Mayor Bloomberg’s comments about fingerprinting people entering NYCHA buildings is highly insulting, and his insistence that some people in the city do not deserve the same level of civil rights as others unfortunately no longer comes as a shock,” said Joo-Hyun Kang of Communities United for Police Reform.

New Yorkers Denounce Bloomberg for Being Out of Touch on Racial Profiling and Civil Rights

As national dialogue focuses on the dangers of racial profiling, Bloomberg vetoes bill to prohibit profiling in NYC; Council members and New Yorkers express support for override of mayor’s veto on Community Safety Act

Today, Communities United for Police Reform joined council members, civil rights leaders, and New Yorkers opposed to racial profiling to denounce Mayor Bloomberg for vetoing the Community Safety Act and expressed support for council members’ plan to override his veto.

Council Members, Advocates Call on Bloomberg to Listen to President Obama’s Appeal on Racial Profiling

Obama’s recent comments referred to support of racial profiling bill as state senator in Illinois – similar to NYC bill; Advocates launch petition by music artist Talib Kweli in support of ending racial profiling by police in NYC and Council bill

Today, Council Members Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander and Communities United for Police Reform called on Mayor Bloomberg to acknowledge the national conversation and President Obama’s statement on racial profiling.

CPR Statement Re: Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act

In response to Mayor Bloomberg vetoing the Community Safety Act bills to ban discriminatory profiling by the police and establish independent oversight of the NYPD, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez.

NYC Police Reform Advocates Support 100 City “Justice for Trayvon” Visit by Family of Trayvon Martin

Local groups support call for DOJ civil rights charges, criticize Mayor Bloomberg’s opposition to legislation to ban racial profiling in NYC

Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) put out the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez in response to the family of Trayvon Martin and National Action Network holding a vigil outside of 1 Police Plaza on Saturday to demand justice and call on the Department of Justice to bring charges against George Zimmerman.

New Report Highlights NYPD Data That Contradicts Bloomberg, Kelly on Stop-and-Frisk

Report comes as website hosting public policy research on stop-and-frisk is launched

The Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice released a report today that highlights NYPD data on stop-and-frisk, crime and policing that contradicts several of Mayor Bloomberg’s explanations for the disproportionate use of stop-and-frisk on Black and Latino New Yorkers.

Before Community Safety Act Vote, Impacted New Yorkers Call for Council Passage & Condemn Bloomberg on Civil Rights, Scare Tactics

Historic legislation will give law against racial profiling teeth, extend protections to LGBTQ and immigrant New Yorkers for first time. With 50th anniversary of March on Washington approaching, leaders will call for passage of legislation to protect New Yorkers’ civil rights.

New Yorkers impacted by discriminatory policing and who would be afforded civil rights protections under the Community Safety Act were joined by Council Members Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander today to express support for the legislation’s passage preceding the vote. They condemned the unfortunate rhetoric used by the Bloomberg administration to incite fear and distort the truth about the bills’ impact, and questioned the mayor’s resistance to historic civil rights protections for New Yorkers.

Before Historic Vote to Discharge Community Safety Act, New Yorkers Pack City Hall to Support Reforms

Legislation will give law against racial profiling teeth, extend protections to LGBTQ and immigrant New Yorkers for first time Establishing inspector general for NYPD will bring New York City in line with other cities and law enforcement agencies

Hundreds of New Yorkers joined Council Members Jumaane Williams, Brad Lander and their colleagues to express broad support for historic action to help bring two Community Safety Act bills to the City Council floor for a vote and passage. The two pieces of legislation would help end the discriminatory police profiling that has increased under the Bloomberg administration – particularly through its stop-and-frisk policy – and establish independent oversight of the NYPD.

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