The Right To Know Act is a legislative package that aims to protect the civil and human rights of New Yorkers while promoting communication, transparency and accountability in everyday interactions between the NYPD and the public. New Yorkers want to live in a safe city where the police treat all residents with dignity and respect, and where police are not considered to be above the law.
Tools and Resources
CopWatchNYC.org is a website to help citizens document police conduct and hold the police accountable. The site provides quick access to important Cop Watch tips, resources, support and best practices for individuals, organizations and teams of community members who want to safely and legally conduct Cop Watch in their communities.
The first step in protecting your rights is knowing them! CPR has developed a brief booklet to help New Yorkers of all backgrounds understand their rights when interacting with the police. Print copies are available through CPR member groups, or you can download it here.
¡Conocer sus derechos es el primer paso para protegerlos! CPR ha publicado un folleto corto para ayudar a que la/os neoyorquina/os entiendan sus derechos ante la policía. Copias impresas están disponibles por medio de las organizaciones afiliadas con CPR, o haga clic aquí para bajarlo directamente.
#ThisStopsToday is a collaboration of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), Million Hoodies and Freedom Side.
#ThisStopsToday convened to respond to the Staten Island grand jury’s expected failure to indict officers in the killing of Eric Garner, and to call for the end of discriminatory “broken windows” policing, characterized by aggressive enforcement of minor quality of life offenses, that led to the killing of Eric and brutality against too many other New Yorkers.
The NYPD Inspector General’s responsibilities include investigations, reviews and audits of systemic NYPD issues, resulting in recommendations to improve the NYPD’s policies, programs, practices, and operations – with the goal of enhancing the department’s effectiveness, improving public safety and protecting the rights of all New Yorkers.
This report outlines CPR’s recommendations for nine areas that the NYPD Inspector General should consider for investigation, review, study and audit, in order to issue findings and recommendations that will improve public safety and protect the rights of all New Yorkers. The first six represent areas that should be considered priorities in the first year of the Inspector General’s tenure.
Este reporte delinea las recomendaciones de CPR en nueve áreas que el Inspector General del NYPD debe considerar para su investigación, revisión, estudio y auditoría, con el objetivo de resolver descubrimientos y recomendaciones en cuanto a asuntos que mejorarán la seguridad pública y protegerán los derechos de todos/as los/as neoyorquinos/as. Las primeras seis representan áreas que deben ser consideradas como prioridades para la agenda de trabajo del primer año del Inspector General.
In 2013, Communities United For Police Reform created a video series to highlight the negative impact of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. Produced by Firelight Films, the short documentaries tell the stories of ordinary New Yorkers – and how they and their neighborhoods have been impacted by the policy.
For additional information, to watch the full videos, and connect with others on this issue, please visit: www.whereiamgoing.org
Communities United for Police Reform, in collaboration with the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, created a website to serve as a clearinghouse of independent research on stop-and-frisk and related policing practices. The website features a library of research papers, divided into the themes of the impact of, legality of, effectiveness of, and alternatives to - stop and frisk and related policing practices.
This report outlines the steps that the de Blasio administration (the administration) should take in its first 100 days in order to make good on its pledges to prioritize safety and civil rights, and repair the relationship between communities and the NYPD. These concrete steps will help continue progress towards a New York City and NYPD that promote both safety and respect for the rights and dignity of all New Yorkers by ensuring policing that is non-discriminatory, effective and constitutionally sound.