CPR Statement: Incidents of police brutality in Sunset Park and across City

In response to recorded incidents of police brutality and excessive force by NYPD officers in Sunset Park and across New York City over the past several weeks, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Joo-Hyun Kang.

“The police brutality in Sunset Park over the last two weeks and the various other incidents of recorded police brutality against New Yorkers of color across our city after the killing of Eric Garner clearly demonstrate that these are not isolated incidents. Rather, they are part of systemic and entrenched problems deriving from a culture lacking in timely and adequate accountability where police are treated as if they are above the law and not held responsible for abusive, discriminatory policing directed primarily at people of color. Placing officers on temporary modified duty and suspension with pay are not accountability, and training alone is not a solution. New Yorkers expect that their elected and public officials will stand up and take action for what is right and what is wrong, and that must include zero tolerance for police brutality and excessive force.”

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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