Press Releases

CPR Responds to FY25 NYC Budget Vote

NEW YORK- Following the budget vote today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following statement from NYC Budget Justice Coalition spokesperson, Loyda Colón (they/them), Executive Director of the Justice Committee

Statement: CPR Responds to NYC FY25 Budget Handshake Deal

Following the budget handshake today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following statement from spokesperson Ileana Mendez-Peñate (she/her):

Grassroots, Advocacy and Legal Organizations Blast $225M Mega-Police Training Facility

 Letter Calls On City Council to Cut Cop City Capital Project Out of FY25 Budget

Today, organizations from across the city delivered a joint letter to the City Council urging them to cut Mayor Adams' dangerous plan to build a ‘Public Safety Training Academy’ - i.e. a Cop City - from the FY25 Capital Budget.

60 Grassroots, Advocacy and Legal Organizations Denounce the Mayor’s Bloated Spending on NYPD and Call for Investments in Community Services and Programs in the FY25 Budget

Today, 60 organizations delivered a joint letter to Speaker Adrienne Adams and the City Council urging them to prioritize real health and safety for New Yorkers in the FY25 Adopted budget by investing in community services and programs New Yorkers need and to stop the continued expansion of resources for the NYPD. 

Community Groups, Advocates and City Council Members Rally to Demand NYC Budget Justice

Call for Cuts to NYPD Press Budget, Disband SRG, Hiring Freeze of School Cops and Removal of NYPD from Mental Health Response

Today, Communities United for Police Reform’s NYC Budget Justice Coalition along with NYC Council Members Alexa Avilés, Tiffany Cabán, and Shahana Hanif

Advocates Demand Budget Justice, Not More Policing at Public Safety Budget Hearing

Today, advocates from across the city delivered testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety urging them prioritize real community safety solutions and demanding a decrease to the NYPD’s over bloated $11.9 billion budget.

Statement: NYPD Violence is a Horrific Response to Student Protests

In response to the violence by the NYPD in riot gear against student protesters at The City College of New York CUNY and Columbia University last night and at multiple schools over the past weeks, Communities United for Police Reform issued the following statement from CPR Spokesperson Loyda Colon (they/them), Executive Director of the Justice Committee.

Communities United for Police Reform Responds to Mayor Adams’ Executive Budget

Today, in response to the release of Mayor Adams’ executive budget, Communities United for Police issued the following statement from CPR spokesperson Hassen Bashir, Civil Rights and Campaign Coordinator with VOCAL-NY:  "The mayor's proposed budget undermines public safety by failing to invest adequately in infrastructure and programs that help keep New Yorkers safe. Instead of addressing the city's most pressing issues such as increased homelessness, fully funding our schools and youth, and lack of mental health infrastructure and services, the mayor is proposing an unjustified & dangerous expansion of the NYPD's already over-sized budget.

Mayor Adams' Ouster of NYPD Oversight Chair a Dangerous Step Away from Police Accountability, Communities United for Police Reform Says

In response to reports that Civilian Complaint Review Board Interim Chairwoman Arva Rice  will step down at the direction of Mayor Eric Adams, Sala Cyril, an organizer with the Malcom X Grassroots Movement issued the following statement on behalf of Communities United for Police Reform.

New Yorkers Express Outrage over Kawaski Trawick Decision, Rally to Prevent More Killings by NYPD

In light of Mayor Adams and NYPD Commissioner Edward Cabán’s decision not to fire NYPD officers who killed Kawaski Trawick, New Yorkers rallied to prevent future killings.
– The family of 19-year-old Win Rozario, killed by the NYPD in March, joined the rally – 


Today, families of New Yorkers killed by the NYPD, youth and racial justice organizations, elected officials and others rallied at Foley Square – outraged by the recent decision not to discipline either officer who killed 32-year-old Kawaski Trawick– and demanded immediate changes to reduce the NYPD’s outsized power and prevent