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NY criminal-justice groups want increased police transparency

12/07/2023
Public News Service

New York City community advocates want to reduce the number of stop-and-frisk encounters with police.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New York City reported the city's police department made more than 15,000 stops so far in 2023, the most since 2015. Data also show police primarily stopped Black and Latino people, although they were mostly innocent or not given a summons.

NYC needs transparency in policing. It’s time to pass the ‘How Many Stops Act’

12/07/2023
Amsterdam News

Public safety is a matter of urgent and rising concern among New Yorkers. The impact of the pandemic, rising inequality, a growing mental health crisis, and skyrocketing costs of living have made life for working families difficult here in New York, the largest city in the U.S. It is all the more important, in this context, that our elected officials work to improve the long-strained relationship between the NYPD and the communities it serves. Passing the How Many Stops Act would be an important step forward.

Advocates, leaders call for act to improve NYPD transparency

12/06/2023
News 12

Local leaders and advocates are proposing the How Many Stops Act, which would require the NYPD to be transparent about every encounter involving a stop and search. 

This comes over a decade after a federal ruling proclaimed the NYPD's practice of stop-and-frisk to be unconstitutional. The Community Safety Act passed in 2013 to ban discrimination practices by the NYPD, but advocates say they don't believe it was enough. 

Protesters Call on Police Commissioner Caban to Fire Officers in Trawick Killing

The family of Kawaski Trawick, who was shot and killed in his Bronx apartment in 2019, also demanded a meeting with Mayor Adams ahead of any decision by the NYPD.
09/28/2023
The City

Dozens of protesters rallied outside police headquarters in downtown Manhattan Thursday to urge NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban to buck the recommendation of an administrative judge that the officers involved in the shooting death of 32-year-old Kawaski Trawick face no discipline.

Trawick, a personal trainer and dancer with a history of mental health and substance use challenges, was shot and killed by officer Brendan Thompson while cooking in his Bronx apartment in April 2019. 

NYPD Recommends No Punishment for Officers Who Shot Kawaski Trawick

THE BRIAN LEHRER SHOW
09/28/2023
WNYC

Yoav Gonen, senior reporter for The City, recounts what happened when a police officer killed Kawaski Trawick in his apartment in The Bronx back in 2019, and why the NYPD is not recommending any discipline or misconduct charges for the two officers who were involved. Call ins by Jawanza Williams, Managing Director Of Organizing, VOCAL-NYC

Mayor Adams Surprised to Learn the NYPD Withheld Body Camera Footage Showing the Police Killing of Kawaski Trawick

“This is the first time I’m learning that,” the mayor told Hell Gate.
09/03/2023
Hell Gate

NYPD officers shot and killed Kawaski Trawick in his home in 2019. The NYPD withheld critical video evidence, which now means the officers who killed Trawick may not face any discipline. Apparently, this is news to Mayor Eric Adams.

"This is the first time that I'm learning that there was a delay in turning over video," Adams told Hell Gate at a press conference on Tuesday. "If someone intentionally withheld that video, they're going to be held accountable."

Cop who fatally shot Bronx man Kawaski Trawick in 2019 faces NYPD trial

Trawick was 32 years old.
04/24/2023
NEW YORK POST

The NYPD officer at the center of a deadly shooting in The Bronx four years ago will face a disciplinary trial on Monday.

Officer Brendan Thompson, along with his partner Herbert Davis, will be prosecuted by the Civilian Complaint Review Board on internal charges of excessive force, abuse of authority and failure to obtain medical treatment in the death of 32-year-old Kawaski Trawick.

Shouting match erupts after NYPD judge tries to toss charge against cops in fatal Bronx shooting

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemary Maldonaldo was on the bench during the Daniel Pantaleo trial in 2019.
04/24/2023
NEW YORK POST

An NYPD judge ruled to toss trespassing charges against the officers at the center of a fatal 2019 shooting in The Bronx — sparking a heated shouting match with attorneys for the city’s police watchdog before the cops’ disciplinary trialcould even get going on Monday.

The dramatic exchange between NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemary Maldonaldo and Civilian Complaint Review Board lawyer Andre Applewhite erupted just minutes into the first day of trial for Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis in the death of 32-year-old Kawaski Trawick. 

Kawaski Trawick was killed by an NYPD officer. Four years later, his mother hopes a hearing holds someone accountable.

Ellen Trawick is seeking answers and closure over her son’s death and wants better approaches for people who face mental health challenges.
04/24/2023
19thNews

It has been four years and 10 days since Ellen Trawick’s son Kawaski was killed by a New York City police officer in his apartment. 

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