Press Releases

CPR Responds to NYPD Killing of Ariel Galarza in the Bronx

In response to the NYPD killing Ariel Galarza in the Bronx by the use of a Taser, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

“The NYPD’s killing of Ariel Galarza – another Bronx resident reportedly experiencing an emotional crisis within their own home, just two weeks after killing Deborah Danner – should make clear that simply new words by Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner O’Neill but with status quo actions are unacceptable. There is clearly a longstanding problem with the police department handling these incidents, and Tasers are not a safe weapon of force.

Community Leaders, Plaintiffs to Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuits Announce Process for Impacted Communities to Formally Participate in Court-Ordered Reform Process That Can Help End NYPD Abuses

Groups clarify that stop-and-frisk abuses have yet to be resolved, and urge New Yorkers most affected by NYPD abuses to engage in ongoing reform process through “Our Communities, Our Solutions” initiative.

As stop-and-frisk/NYPD abuses continue to impact New Yorkers, forums across NYC and online engagement launch to advance lasting solutions from communities through court-ordered reforms

CPR Responds to Attorney General Special Prosecutor Declining to Assume Investigation & Prosecution of Deborah Danner's Killing by NYPD

“We are disappointed and disagree with the decision by Attorney General Schneiderman and his special prosecutor unit to not assume responsibility for investigating and prosecuting this case, given what most New Yorkers see as an unjustifiable killing triggered by acknowledged violations of NYPD protocols. Any reckless actions and decisions by Sergeant Barry that led to Deborah Danner’s death – and actions of other officers on the scene which still remain unknown – call for thorough investigation and accountability to the law....

CPR Responds to NYPD Killing 66-Year-Old Deborah Danner

In response to the NYPD killing 66-year-old Bronx resident Deborah Danner on Tuesday night, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele.

As de Blasio & O’Neill Give Monthly Crime Data Briefing, Reform Campaign Releases Month’s Compilation of Alleged Abuses & Misconduct

As Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner O’Neill give briefing on crime data from the last month and continue promoting “neighborhood policing,” media reports highlighting allegations and incidents of NYPD abuses, misconduct and lack of accountability continue.

Ramarley Graham's Family Files Request for City Hall & NYPD Records on Teen's Killing by Police

As New Questions, Inconsistencies about Ramarley Graham Killing Go Unanswered by de Blasio & NYPD’s Lack of Transparency, Family & Supporters Announce Request for City Hall & NYPD Records under State Law

Wide-ranging request demands information on 12+ NYPD officers/officials responsible for misconduct related to killing, abuses of family members & actions undermining investigation

As Bratton Exits, Continued Reports Show Bratton Leaves Legacy of Alleged Abuses, Corruption, Misconduct & Excessive Force; Inaction Shows Failure to Address Police Accountability

Summer of safety touted by de Blasio/NYPD demonstrates safety from police abuse doesn’t exist, while de Blasio/NYPD take unprecedented steps to hide officers’ disciplinary and misconduct records; Officers who kill and brutalize continue reaping taxpayer salary increases as accountability is non-existent

On Bratton’s final day at the NYPD touting his legacy of leaving the city with one of the safest summers, media reports from throughout the summer solidify his legacy leaving intact and perpetuating police abuses, brutality, misconduct and failed accountability at the NYPD.

Elected Officials & Advocates File Legal Action Supporting Release of Summary Misconduct Record of NYPD Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

On day of filing deadline, city leaders & Garner’s mother oppose city’s appeal of court decision that rejected its argument on state law 50-a and ordered release of information

City’s appeal of state court decision contradicts mayor and NYPD’s statements that officer misconduct is shielded by state law when 50-a permits release based on court order

CPR Slams Chief O’Neill for Supporting Backroom Political Deal without Touted “Community Engagement”

In response to NYPD Chief James O’Neill, named successor to Commissioner Bratton, announcing his support for the deal Speaker Mark-Viverito and Commissioner Bratton struck in an attempt to block the Right to Know Act police reforms, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Mark Winston Griffith, executive director of Brooklyn Movement Center.