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Statement from CPR on Appointment of NYPD Inspector General

In response to Department of Investigations Commissioner Mark Peters appointing Philip Eure as New York City’s first inspector general for the NYPD, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement.

“Today’s appointment of Philip Eure as the first NYPD inspector general is a step towards beginning the process of ensuring true accountability and oversight for the NYPD, something that has been absent in our city. Members of the Communities United for Police Reform campaign and allies strongly advocated for the establishment of this position because we know that the NYPD cannot police itself. We applaud Council members Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander for their leadership in passing legislation to create the position, Mayor de Blasio for his support on the issue, and Commissioner Peters for prioritizing this appointment.

“There are many issues that the office of the NYPD inspector general can examine and help provide concrete recommendations for systemic change.  In addition to working with the federal court-appointed monitor to ensure that stop-and-frisk abuses end, the inspector general can review the disparate impact of the NYPD's enforcement of minor offenses on low-income communities of color, the disturbing patterns related to police brutality and killings of unarmed New Yorkers and those with psychiatric disabilities, the surveillance of Muslim communities and political groups, and basic transparency by the department. We look forward to working with Mr. Eure to help ensure that the NYPD is held accountable to the public interest and all New Yorkers, moving our city forward to provide true safety for all.”

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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