Press Releases

Police Reform Campaign Responds to NYPD Body Camera Announcement

In response to Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD announcing a sped-up expansion of the use of body-worn cameras to all officers, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Mark Winston Griffith, executive director of Brooklyn Movement Center.

Eric Garner’s Mother & Other Advocates Demand Mayor de Blasio Stop NYPD from Blocking CCRB Prosecution of Pantaleo

Group calls for de Blasio administration to end 3+ years of delays to accountability and fire multiple officers involved in killing

 

Advocates dispute administration’s claim that it cannot act until Justice Department decision, labeling it political decision contradicted by recent cases around nation and history in NYC

The mother of Eric Garner, Gwen Carr, and civil rights and police reform advocates called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to end the over three years of obstruction and delays to accountability for the multiple NYPD officers involved in killing Garner and the associated misconduct. Specifically, the group revealed that the NYPD is blocking the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) from prosecuting Officer Daniel Pantaleo and urged the mayor to end this impediment.

On MLK Day, Civil Rights, Police Reform & Community Organizations Call on City Council to Hold Oversight Hearing on NYPD’s Overly Aggressive Protest Policing

Demand follows rough policing of immigration-related protest on Thursday and other prior incidents of abusive police treatment of protesters

Groups seek oversight of Strategic Response Group’s role in abusive and repressive protest policing and conflation of “anti-terror” and protest

Mother of Ramarley Graham Responds to NY Supreme Court Judge’s Ruling against City & NYPD for Withholding Records in Killing of Unarmed Teenager & Misusing State Law 50-a

In response to a preliminary ruling by Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez in a lawsuit brought by the family of Ramarley Graham, Communities United for Police Reform, and the Justice Committee against the NYPD for refusing to comply with a FOIL request for information related to Graham’s killing, his mother Constance Malcolm released the following statement.

Mother of Ramarley Graham, Family’s Attorney & the Justice Committee Respond to NYPD Plea Agreements with Officers Involved in Killing Graham

In response to a report and other information confirming that two of the officers involved in the killing of Ramarley Graham (Sergeant Scott Morris and Officer John McLoughlin) reached plea agreements with the NYPD on departmental charges, the mother of Graham - Constance Malcolm – issued the following statement.

Communities United for Police Reform Responds to NYC Council Committee Vote on Police Reform Bill (Intro 541-C) & Bill That Undermines Police Accountability (Intro 182-D)

In response to the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety passing Intro 541-C and 182-D, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

Communities United for Police Reform Releases Statement on Right to Know Act Bills

In response to Right to Know Act bills being laid to age last night for an impending vote, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

Communities United for Police Reform Statement on Right to Know Act

In response to Right to Know Act lead sponsors, Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Ritchie Torres, failing to take action on the legislation at today’s Stated Meeting and an anonymously sourced report about a deal being on the table, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

“There is no deal on the Right to Know Act without non-emergency investigatory policing encounters being covered, including when police are doing investigatory questioning at Level 1 encounters. If a police officer can ask you for identification in non-emergency situations, there is no reason New Yorkers should be left without the identity of the officer and the reason for the encounter in such situations. Any purported bill that seeks to provide such a gaping loophole has no agreement from advocates and communities.

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