Communities United for Police Reform Slams the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio for Failing to Hold the Proud Boys Accountable for Mob Attack in New York City
Communities United forPolice Reform (CPR), a leading voice for police reform in New York City, released the following statement today slamming the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio for failing to hold the Proud Boys accountable for their widely condemned mob attack in New York City over the weekend:
“Let’s be very clear about what happened: white supremacists were given special treatment by the NYPD, and Mayor de Blasio did nothing to stop it. On Saturday, NYPD officers were on the scene during the Proud Boys’ bigoted attack. The NYPD officers let these heinous white supremacists walk away after they brutally beat anti-racist protesters. Instead of arresting Gavin McInnes and the Proud Boys on the spot, the NYPD arrested several anti-racist protesters. This is outrageous and wrong. The NYPD refused to arrest Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who brandished a sword, and refused to hold white supremacists accountable for their violent actions,” said Loyda Colon, a spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR).
"After the attack, McInnes said: “I have a lot of support in the NYPD, and I very much appreciate that.” These NYPD officers should face severe consequences for giving special treatment to McInnes and his hateful mob of white supremacist Proud Boys. Mayor de Blasio should have intervened quickly over the weekend to condemn the NYPD’s response to the white supremacist attack. Instead of leading the city in a moment of crisis, de Blasio was in Florida building his national political profile,” said Colon from CPR.
“Here’s the clear and undeniable message the NYPD has sent after the Proud Boys’ attack: if you’re a white supremacist, we’ve got your back. The NYPD operates very differently in communities of color. Too often, people of color are still harassed, arrested, and criminalized in their own neighborhoods, despite de Blasio’s rhetoric of transforming the NYPD. Abusive and discriminatory policing is alive and well in New York City, and de Blasio needs to step up now and show what he is going to do to make the NYPD more accountable to our communities,” said Colon from CPR.
About Communities United for Police Reform
Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, and to build a lasting movement that promotes public safety and policing practices based on cooperation and respect– not discriminatory targeting and harassment.
CPR brings together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change. The partners in this campaign come from all 5 boroughs, from all walks of life and represent many of those unfairly targeted the most by the NYPD. CPR is fighting for reforms that will promote community safety while ensuring that the NYPD protects and serves all New Yorkers.