Ed. note: In response to latest statistics showing a sharp increase in stop-and-frisk tactics, police reform activists have painted a mural in Hunts Point to alert passersby of their rights when stopped by police. A version of this story appears in the March 8-21 edition of the Norwood News.
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Activists speaking out against the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy are unveiling a new weapon: art!
Last month, we reported on the formation of a coalition called Communities United for Police Reform, or CPR, which has brought together dozens of groups under a unified campaign to push for increased police accountability (and to make stop-and-frisk and police reform important topics in the upcoming mayoral election).
Last week, City Councilman Jumaane Williams announced he would continue his fight against what he considers discriminatory practices by the NYPD.
Williams launched legislative efforts to raise NYPD accountability at a stated meeting of the City Council, introducing three bills aimed at ensuring safer streets and better policing for all New Yorkers.
Council Member Jumaane Williams joined other elected officials and Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) in a campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York City last week. They are launching a legislative effort to raise NYPD accountability.
(Reuters) - A black New York City councilman who said he has been stopped by police on numerous occasions introduced a set of bills on Wednesday aimed at curbing the controversial crime-fighting tactic known as "stop and frisk."
The bills would require officers to identify themselves and present a business card when stopping a person, and to inform targets of their right to refuse a search. A third bill would expand the number of groups protected from racial profiling.
A coalition of City Council members and advocates led by Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn introduced Wednesday a package of police reform bills the group says will bring greater accountability to the NYPD.
The elected officials and advocates who stood outside City Hall on Wednesday form a group called Communities United For Police Reform, which intends to make police reform a major issue in the upcoming mayoral election.