Community, Faith, Labor, and Law Enforcement Groups, City Officials Speak Out at City Hall to Support Court’s Orders in Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit, Oppose Delays Sought by Bloomberg Administration
Today, the coalition Communities United for Police Reform and representatives from community, faith, labor, and law enforcement groups joined City officials, attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights and co-counsel to voice support for moving forward with the remedial process ordered by the court in the landmark class action lawsuit Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al.
Said Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Darius Charney, “With representatives from all corners of New York life coming together to voice their opposition to yet more delays sought by the Bloomberg administration, the community has spoken: it is past time to begin the process of reforming the NYPD to make our city a place where all New Yorkers feel safe and respected.”
Ruling that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices employ racial profiling and violate the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments after a 10-week trial last spring, the court appointed an independent monitor and ordered a joint remedial process that includes input, not only from the parties in the lawsuit, but also from stakeholders.
After the court denied the City’s motion to stay the remedial processes last month, the City is seeking a stay with the Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals while its appeal of that court’s orders is pending. Today, Floyd plaintiffs submitted a brief opposing the stay, and community groups, faith leaders, unions, and policing experts filed declarations affirming that a stay of the court’s processes is not in the community’s interest. Elected officials, such as Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio have already filed declarations and briefs opposing the City’s request for a stay.
Among the groups to file declarations were 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement, National Association of Latino Officers, SEIU local 32BJ, Malcom X Grassroots Movement, the National Association of Social Workers, Canaan Baptist Church, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, Streetwise and Safe, and the NAACP. Councilmembers included Quinn, Helen Foster and Robert Jackson.
Said Joo-Hyun Kang of Communities United for Police Reform, "Mayor Bloomberg needs to stop playing politics with New Yorkers' civil rights and safety, and allow our city to get on the path to complying with the Constitution. We have an incredible opportunity to unite our city around a participatory process that prioritizes both safety and rights. Opposing the joint remedies process and reforms to stop-and-frisk will only leave New York further harmed by racial profiling and without true safety for all communities."
To read the declarations and briefs visit CCR’s Floyd case page here.
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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.