In response to a court ruling today in an appeal by the de Blasio administration to a previous lower court ruling that it should release the CCRB misconduct summary of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Loyda Colon, Co-Director of the Justice Committee.
“The failures and inconsistencies of this administration on police reform and protecting our communities from police brutality become worse and worse every day. If the de Blasio administration believes in police transparency, their actions need to start matching their rhetoric. The de Blasio administration turned its back on our communities and police transparency when it decided to change policy related to disciplinary trial outcomes and police misconduct records, and then appeal the first court’s ruling that it release a summary of substantiated misconduct complaints against Pantaleo.
In response to Mayor de Blasio’s announcement today about increased support for re-entry programs in the city’s correctional facilities, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director of Brooklyn Movement Center.
“It’s positive that the mayor is increasing support for re-entry services, but this administration needs to address the front-end, drastic racial disparities in policing that continue to criminalize communities of color. The mayor talks a lot about overall numbers but continues failing to address the racial inequalities of who remains impacted.
“Through their actions, it seems that the Mayor and Commissioner are more concerned with how they look in the media, instead of directly dealing with the concerns I have as a mother whose son was killed by their NYPD over 5 years ago..."
In response to Richard Haste being allowed to resign, Ramarley Graham’s mother Constance Malcolm issued the following statement.
“My son Ramarley was gunned down and murdered by NYPD Officer Richard Haste over 5 years ago. Richard Haste should have been in prison but instead of even firing him, the de Blasio administration let him resign. This is just another example that the de Blasio administration doesn't care about justice and accountability. Every step of the way, the Mayor and NYPD have dragged their heels and have refused to hold officers accountable for murdering my son.
“Mayor de Blasio has once again disregarded communities impacted by the NYPD’s abusive and discriminatory policing, prioritizing announcements above substance. When New Yorkers are the subject of unwarranted surveillance based on their political activities or religion, it doesn’t build trust to secretly appoint and announce an independent civilian monitor without input from the communities who forced the appointment of such an official by the courts in the first place.
The mother of Ramarley Graham, Constance Malcolm, was joined by community supporters to announce their filing an appeal of the de Blasio administration and NYPD’s blanket denial of their FOIL request for records pertaining to the killing of her son. The move could represent the preview of a legal battle against the de Blasio administration into records related to Ramarley Graham’s killing that his family has sought from Mayor de Blasio for several years.
de Blasio continues to inexplicably insist that training and ‘neighborhood policing’ are resolution to NYPD abuses/misconduct, in which officers abuse authority and violate oath to protect and serve
As Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner O’Neill tout January crime statistics, the continued incidents and examples of alleged and substantiated abuses, misconduct, racial disparities, and lack of accountability remain.
In response to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill claiming the department’s reform accomplishments are not being recognized by the public, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.