CPR Responds to Announcement of Panel on NYPD Discipline
In response to a report of NYPD announcing it has created an advisory panel to review its disciplinary policies, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Mark Winston Griffith, executive director of Brooklyn Movement Center.
“The NYPD’s disciplinary system is broken and dysfunctional and has served to protect abusive cops rather than the public. For the past four years, the de Blasio administration has done nothing to address the systemic failures while dismissing the overwhelming chorus of voices highlighting the problems. Instead this administration took the city backwards on police transparency, which directly impedes accountability. Though the NYPD may seek to spin it, this panel is an admission that the NYPD’s system of accountability is a disaster, as media reporting, advocates and impacted New Yorkers have long demonstrated. It is critical that this panel not only truly listen to the voices of New Yorkers impacted by NYPD abuses and the lack of accountability for them as a result of the department’s broken disciplinary system, but also ensure the solutions put forward by those most impacted – including police brutality and sexual misconduct survivors and families of those killed by NYPD officers – are at the center of its recommendations.”
About Communities United for Police Reform
Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, and to build a lasting movement that promotes public safety and policing practices based on cooperation and respect– not discriminatory targeting and harassment.
CPR brings together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change. The partners in this campaign come from all 5 boroughs, from all walks of life and represent many of those unfairly targeted the most by the NYPD. CPR is fighting for reforms that will promote community safety while ensuring that the NYPD protects and serves all New Yorkers.