CPR Members Testify at City Council Hearing on Mental Health Involuntary Removals (2/6/23)

On Monday, February 6, 2023, CPR members and partners, along with families of New Yorkers killed by NYPD, testified at the New York City Council Joint Oversight Hearing on Mental Health Involuntary Removals. Testimony addressed Mayor Adams’ recent directive that increases the authority of the NYPD to involuntarily detain New Yorkers by expanding the definition of a mental health crisis to someone that is unable to secure food and shelter for themselves. The mayor announced this directive in December 2022 to a wave of public outcry. 

Click below to read full written testimony.

Families of New Yorkers Killed by NYPD

Eric Vassell, father of Saheed Vassell who was killed by NYPD in 2018, and member of Justice Committee

Ellen Trawick, mother of Kawaski Trawick who was killed by NYPD in 2019, and member of Justice Committee

CPR Members

Brooklyn Movement Center - Anthonine Pierre, Executive Director

Justice Committee: Christine Henson, Member

VOCAL-NY: Celina Trowell, Homelessness Union

Drug Policy Alliance: Toni Smith, Director, New York Office

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ): Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Bronx Defenders: Siya Hege, Policy Counsel, Civil Action Practice

NYCLU: Beth Haroules, Director of Disability Justice Litigation

Topics: NYC Budget Justice