CPR Statement Re: City Council Scheduling Hearing on the Right to Know Act for Monday, June 29
In response to the City Council scheduling a hearing on the Right to Know Act legislative package and other legislation related to the police department, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Adilka Pimentel.
“With the Council having a hearing on the Right to Know Act, we advance closer to passing reforms that will truly help address critical challenges New Yorkers face in their daily interactions with the NYPD. That’s why police commissioners from Philadelphia and Tucson, law enforcement experts, and community stakeholders alike on the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recognized the reforms in the Right to Know Act as crucial for cities across the nation. Community policing cannot occur when New Yorkers’ interactions with police lack transparency and they are being searched without legal justification or informed consent. The Right to Know Act is key to helping protect the rights of New Yorkers and avoiding the unnecessary escalation that results from a lack of transparency and respect in civilians’ most common interactions with police. As the Council and Mayor have chosen to add more police to our communities, it’s vital that they also take responsibility for protecting our children and families from abusive policing that violates our rights by exploiting the power imbalance between police and civilians.”