Press Releases

NYPD Arrests And Runs Scooters Into Protesters Calling for Care Not Criminalization

Four community members were arrested Wednesday evening by NYPD officers outside City Hall at the Care Not Criminalization

Advocates Condemn Budget Cuts and Call for More Resources for Police Oversight Board

Last night, the Civilian Complaint Review Board announced that the unit to investigate racial profiling and police bias won’t have enough funds to operate past June under the mayor’s proposed budget. Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from CPR spokesperson Rama Issa-Ibrahim. 

Community Groups Call for a Budget that Centers Justice not Policing

Yesterday, Mayor Adams released his FY24 executive budget and was immediately met with widespread criticism for continuing to cut resources for basic community needs while protecting the bloated NYPD budget.

Communities United for Police Reform Blasts Robotic Police Dog Announcement

Mayor Adams announced he would be reintroducing robotic police dogs, after they were dismissed by the previous administration. In response to this announcement, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following statement by Ileana Mendez-Penate, Program Director.

Community Organizations, Advocates, and Elected Officials Rally for Passage of NYPD Transparency Legislation, the How Many Stops Act

New York, NY - Today, the families of Antonio Williams and Allan Feliz (New Yorkers killed by NYPD in 2019), Communities United for Police Reform member and partners, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, City Councilmembers Alexa Avilés and Crystal Hudson, NYC Comptroller Brad Lander, other elected officials and New Yorkers from across the city rallied at City Hall Park to demand passage of the How Many Stops Act

CPR Responds to Mayor’s Mental Health Plan

New York, NY -- Today, Mayor Adams announced his latest plan on mental health. Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from CPR spokesperson Ileana Méndez Peñate (she/her).

CPR members and partners, Elected Officials and NYers Call for Passage of How Many Stops Act

New York, NY - As the nation continues to grieve the brutal police killings of Tyre Nichols and Anthony Lowe Jr. and grapple with a path towards meaningful police reform, families who’ve lost loved ones to the NYPD and other directly impacted New Yorkers, advocates and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall to push for passage of vital police transparency legislation and call for action to strengthen NYPD accountability.

New Yorkers to City Council: Mayor Adams’ Directive On Involuntary Removals is Inhumane and Dangerous

Yesterday, February 7, 2023, the City Council Joint Oversight Hearing on Mental Health Involuntary Removals heard testimony on 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– whose public approval has continued to slip– announced this directive in December 2022 to a wave of public outcry.