Fire the Officers and Release Their Names Now: Police Accountability Advocates Condemn NYPD for Excessive Force Used Against Young Black Man in Canarsie, Brooklyn
Leaders and members of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) today called on the NYPD to fire and release the names of officers who were caught on video using excessive force against a young black man during a recent arrest in Canarsie, Brooklyn.
“We are sickened and outraged by the excessive force and brutality NYPD officers used against this young black man. The names and commands of all officers involved in this incident should be publicly released immediately, and all who used excessive force should be fired. We also call on the Brooklyn District Attorney to drop all pending charges against this young man right away. The young man reportedly asked for the identity of the officer who stopped him, and the officer refused to identify himself. We are deeply concerned that NYPD officers may have committed an unconstitutional stop in this case, and illegally escalated the encounter into a brutal arrest. Unfortunately, too many people of color in this city continue to experience abusive, discriminatory, and brutal treatment from the NYPD. Unconstitutional stops have continued on Mayor de Blasio’s watch, despite his promises to end them,” said Anthonine Pierre, Deputy Director of Brooklyn Movement Center and a spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), who has been on the ground in Canarsie, Brooklyn engaging community members about the incident caught on video.
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 reduces reliance on policing. CPR runs coalitions of over 200 local, statewide and national organizations, bringing 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 most unfairly targeted by the NYPD.