CPR Members Testify at January '21 City Council Hearing on Police Reform Plan

Monday, January 11, 2021 – Families of loved ones killed by the NYPD, advocates, and legal experts will testify at the New York City Council Oversight Hearing of the Committee on Public Safety. In responding to Governor Cuomo’s executive order, requiring municipalities to put forward police “reform and reinvention” plans, the NYPD has led the City’s process, with virtual events criticized as serving as NYPD propaganda sessions to create a false illusion of community input. 

Participants at the hearing will call for the firing of NYPD officers who have killed, brutalized and enacted other violence on New Yorkers, including the officers who killed Delrawn Small (Officer Wayne Isaacs), Kawaski Trawick (Officers Brendan Thompson and Herbert Davis), Antonio Williams (incl Officers McMahon, Valentino, Wichers and Det. Beddows), and those who have still not been fired for their roles in the killing of Eric Garner (incl. Officer Justin Damico and Lt. Christopher Bannon). They also called for removal of police from various roles, including schools, youth outreach and mental health response; reductions in the budget, scope, size, and power of the NYPD in order to prevent and decrease future police violence and killings; and an end to harmful NYPD policies and practices as part of New York City’s plan to reform policing.

Click below to read full written testimony submitted by CPR members:

Iris Baez, Mother Of Anthony Baez

Hawa Bah, Mother Of Mohamed Bah

Victor Dempsey, Brother Of Delrawn Small

Samy Feliz, Brother Of Allan Feliz

Communities United for Police Reform

Keith Fuller, Make the Road Youth Power Project

Kadiata Kaba, Make the Road Youth Power Project

Charlotte Pope, Girls For Gender Equity

NYC Anti Violence Project 

Michael Sisitzky, NYCLU

Melissa Moore, Drug Police Alliance

Justine Olderman, Bronx Defenders

Corey Stoughton, Legal Aid Society