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Communities United for Police Reform hosts forum on policing and redefining public safety

New York Amsterdam News

Last week, Communities United for Police Reform hosted an open dialogue at the Talking Transition tent in Chelsea on the future of public safety in New York City. A panel of social justice advocates engaged in social discourse and discussed issues that highlighted a direction the de Blasio administration should take on policing community safety to keep our streets safe without discrimination.

New report on stop and frisk policy

Attorney General’s Office shares new findings after studying arrests
Queens Chronicle

The stop and frisk debate continues and now a new study has been thrown into the mix.

The New York Attorney General’s Office released a report last week that supports the claim that the policy targets mostly young men of color and did not reduce crime.

“Supporters and opponents of the practice agree that only 6 percent of all stops result in an arrest,” the report reads. “Yet until now, no known study has sought to assess what happens following those arrests.”

Four police unions plan to file stop-and-frisk appeal

Capital NY

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association and three other police unions announced today they will file an appeal to intervene in the stop-and-frisk case in anticipation of mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's withdrawal of the city's challenge to the suit.

The four unions representing 29,000 police officers, detectives, lieutenants and and captains plans to file the motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Second Circuit. This marks the second time the law-enforcement unions are attempting to be part of the case.

CNN’s Don Lemon on ‘stop and frisk’: ‘Would you rather be politically correct or safe and alive?’

The Raw Story

CNN anchor Don Lemon credited the heavily-criticized “stop and frisk” approach by New York City police with a dramatic reduction in local crime in a radio commentary on Tuesday, and suggested that tampering with it would hurt not just the city’s residents, but its economy.

Officials and Community Groups Disappointed by Stop and Frisk Decision

The decision by a federal appeals court to block changes to New York’s stop and frisk program has drawn sharp criticism.
BET News

The ruling by a federal appeals court to block the widespread changes to the controversial stop and friskprogram of the New York Police Department has drawn a widespread disappointment and criticism from elected officials and activists.

Protests Halt Kelly’s Speech at Brown University

New York Times
A speech by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly at Brown University planned for Tuesday was canceled after protesters against the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactics disrupted the event with shouting and chants. Officials at the university, in Providence, R.I., ended the event and cleared the auditorium after the protests continued for almost half an hour, preventing Mr. Kelly from speaking. He had been scheduled to deliver a speech titled “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City.”

NYPD union files suit over City Council's profiling law


The main NYPD union filed a lawsuit Tuesday, as expected, in a bid to get the City Council's bias profiling law tossed out, claiming the measure will make it difficult for police officers to do their jobs.

The complaint filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan by the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association claims the law is pre-empted by the state criminal procedure code and is too vague to give police guidance on what they are permitted to do.