CPR Responds to CCRB Chair Stepping Down

In response to CCRB Chair Maya Wiley stepping down, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

“We thank Chair Wiley for her time and service to the city and wish her well, and look forward to working with Acting Chair Deborah Archer to strengthen CCRB’s impact and effectiveness. CCRB complaints are not currently a reliable metric for the full extent of police misconduct so attempts to use the data as such are misplaced for a number of reasons, including the decreasing public confidence in the agency’s ability to hold officers accountable when the NYPD continues to undermine accountability for abuses and brutality and increase secrecy of the disciplinary process. The CCRB has taken some positive steps in the past years that it should continue, like releasing policy reports on continuing NYPD abuses (i.e. officer interference with bystander video) and narrowing the time it takes to close some cases. However, others, like its new reconsideration process that has undermined police accountability by giving the NYPD an additional way to delay and weaken the process, in which it already has final determination, must be ended. During this period of leadership transition, the CCRB must also begin using independent counsel, rejecting the conflict-of-interest representation from Corporation Counsel (that defends the NYPD in lawsuits), so that it can end its complicity in the NYPD’s always-expanding misuse of 50-a to conceal police misconduct and can serve as a credible voice to increase NYPD transparency and accountability.”

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.

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