The call to establish a Special Prosecutor in the state of New York to investigate and prosecute cases when police kill civilians has been a decades-long fight, courageously led by surviving family members of New Yorkers killed by police violence and brutality.
As the summer months heat up, so is the movement to #changetheNYPD!
Over the past few months, we’ve been organizing throughout New York to take a stand against discriminatory and abusive policing and have been calling on public officials to enact concrete changes that would bring justice, respect and safety to our neighborhoods. With your support, we believe that we can AND WILL bring meaningful, positive change to New York for our communities.
On Monday, June 29, 2015, Communities United for Police Reform groups and supporting advocates testified before the New York City Council Public Safety Committee to call for the passage of the Right To Know Act, a legislative package that would protect the safety and rights of all New Yorkers and improve communication and accountability in everday interactions between NYPD and New Yorkers.
A group of nearly 60 organizations that represent diverse communities across New York City sent a letter to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the City Council to oppose their proposal to increase the NYPD headcount, urging that they instead prioritize vital police reforms and funding for unfulfilled community needs.