It's Time for an Independent Investigation: Outrage Over NYPD's Failure to Hold Officers Accountable for Brutally Attacking and Arresting Jazmine Headley
New York, NY – Tonight, police accountability advocates responded angrily to the news that the NYPD found no wrongdoing or misconduct on the part of officers who brutally attacked and arrested Jazmine Headley. Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following statement calling for an independent investigation.
“Anyone who watched the video of Jazmine Headley’s brutal attack and arrest knows that NYPD officers did not act properly. But rather than acknowledge the truth of what happened to Jazmine, the NYPD is continuing to protect its own officers at any cost. On Mayor de Blasio’s watch, the NYPD has been completely unwilling to hold its own officers accountable for wrongdoing and misconduct. It’s outrageous and wrong that no officers were even interviewed for the NYPD’s sham investigation into Jazmine Headey’s arrest, and that the names of officers have still not been released. An independent investigation into Jazmine Headley’s case and how the NYPD officers acted is clearly needed. We commend the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) for continuing to pursue an aggressive investigation into how the NYPD treated Jazmine Headley. All the NYPD officers who attacked and arrested Jazmine, and waved a taser at bystanders, should be fired and face real consequences for their actions,” said Joo-Hyun Kang, a spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR).
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.