Press Releases

Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner, Responds to the CCRB Filing for the Unsealing of Grand Jury Minutes as Part of Their Disciplinary Case Against NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo

New York, NY – Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, released the following statement tonight responding to news reports that the CCRB filed for the unsealing of grand jury minutes as part of their disciplinary case against NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo:

CPR and NYC Council Members Call on NYPD to Comply with Right to Know Act

New York, NY — Today, members of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) and New York City Council Members gathered at City Hall to discuss the implementation of the Right to Know Act – a package of two police reform laws passed in December 2017 that go into effect tomorrow, October 19.

Speakers included New York City Council Members Antonio Reynoso, Jumaane Williams, Brad Lander, and Carlos Menchaca, along with police reform advocates and Iris Baez, the mother of Anthony Baez, who was killed by the NYPD in 1994. 

Archived video of the full press conference is available here.

Communities United for Police Reform Slams the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio for Failing to Hold the Proud Boys Accountable for Mob Attack in New York City

Communities United forPolice Reform (CPR), a leading voice for police reform in New York City, released the following statement today slamming the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio for failing to hold the Proud Boys accountable for their widely condemned mob attack in New York City over the weekend:

“Let’s be very clear about what happened: white supremacists were given special treatment by the NYPD, and Mayor de Blasio did nothing to stop it.  On Saturday, NYPD officers were on the scene during the Proud Boys’ bigoted attack. The NYPD officers let these heinous white supremacists walk away after they brutally beat anti-racist protesters. Instead of arresting Gavin McInnes and the Proud Boys on the spot, the NYPD arrested several anti-racist protesters. This is outrageous and wrong.

CPR Reacts to Cash Reward Program Announced by Police Union

New York – Today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the following statement responding to the “dangerous” cash program announced by the Sergeants Benevolent Association.

The statement below can be attributed to Monifa Bandele, MomsRising Senior Vice President and spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR).

Judge Orders NYPD to Release Documents to Ramarley Graham’s Family That May Shed New Light on His Killing

New York, NY – New York Supreme Court Justice Manuel J. Mendez has ordered the NYPD to release a trove of documents to Ramarley Graham’s family that may shed new light on Mr. Graham’s 2012 killing by then-NYPD Officer Richard Haste and the NYPD investigation into the killing.

Communities United for Police Reform Calls on Judge Analisa Torres to Halt the Expansion of NYPD Secrecy that a New Protective Order Would Create

New York – Today, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) filed a request for the court to accept a submission from CPR as amicus curiae, along with the proposed amicus submission to support plaintiffs calling on federal judge 

CPR Responds to Media Leaks of the Names of NYPD Officers Responsible for Killing Saheed Vassell

New York – Tonight, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) released the statement below responding to media leaks of the names of NYPD officers responsible for the killing of Saheed Vassell. 

Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s Mother, Escalates Her Campaign to Pressure the NYPD to Fire All the Officers Responsible for Killing Her Son

Carr Today Held a Media Availability After Her Meeting with the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), and She Confronted Mayor de Blasio in Person Last Night.

New York, NY-  Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, is escalating her campaign to push the NYPD to serve charges and fire all the officers responsible for killing her son and related misconduct, not just Daniel Pantaleo and Sgt. Adonis.

This afternoon, she held a media availability following her meeting with the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) in their disciplinary case against Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who used a chokehold that killed Garner.