In response to Senator Squadron and Assemblyman Quart introducing legislation to make the footage from body cams available to the public, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Priscilla Gonzalez.
“We applaud Senator Squadron and Assemblyman Quart for advancing transparency by proposing the public release of footage captured by body cameras. In order to end discriminatory and abusive policing, transparency that moves us towards true police accountability is essential. We hope all state legislators will support the many steps that are necessary to provide the accountability and transparency that promote equal protection under the law for all communities throughout New York. New Yorkers' voices will be heard in Albany and neighborhoods throughout the state to ensure they do.”
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.