Press Releases

CPR Responds to Mayor’s Mental Health Plan

New York, NY -- Today, Mayor Adams announced his latest plan on mental health. Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from CPR spokesperson Ileana Méndez Peñate (she/her).

CPR members and partners, Elected Officials and NYers Call for Passage of How Many Stops Act

New York, NY - As the nation continues to grieve the brutal police killings of Tyre Nichols and Anthony Lowe Jr. and grapple with a path towards meaningful police reform, families who’ve lost loved ones to the NYPD and other directly impacted New Yorkers, advocates and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall to push for passage of vital police transparency legislation and call for action to strengthen NYPD accountability.

New Yorkers to City Council: Mayor Adams’ Directive On Involuntary Removals is Inhumane and Dangerous

Yesterday, February 7, 2023, the City Council Joint Oversight Hearing on Mental Health Involuntary Removals heard testimony on Mayor Adams’ recent directive that increases the authority of the NYPD to involuntarily detain New Yorkers by expanding the definition of a mental health crisis to someone that is unable to secure food and shelter for themselves. The mayor– whose public approval has continued to slip– announced this directive in December 2022 to a wave of public outcry. 

CPR Responds to Mayor’s State of the City: Words and Actions Don’t Match Up; New Yorkers Demand More Services and Less Police.

CPR spokesperson Sala Cyril (she/her) responds to Mayor Eric Adams' annual State of the City address:

“Mayor Adams’ State of the City once again demonstrates that he cares more about touting policies that neglect to meaningfully address issues of safety and sustainable recovery for New Yorkers than he does about actually centering the expressed needs of our communities. Since the start of his administration, Black, Latinx, and other communities of color have demanded an end to discriminatory policing and accountability for NYPD abuses that include a reduction in the scope and budget of the NYPD.  

Over 75 Grassroots, Advocacy and Legal Organizations Express Alarm Over Mayor’s Budget Approach; Demand More Services, Less Policing

Today, 78 organizations sent a letter calling on Speaker Adrienne Adams and the City Council to end the Mayor’s approach of unilaterally shrinking critical services while expanding the role of the NYPD and preserving NYPD budget bloat. The Mayor’s approach to budgeting in FY23 and FY24 is hurting New Yorkers, especially Black, Latinx, LGBTQI folks, immigrants, youth, and other impacted New Yorkers that are struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

CPR Calls for Community Investments in NYC FY24 Budget; Criticizes Mayor’s FY24 Preliminary Budget

New York, NY - In response to Mayor Adams’ FY24 Preliminary Budget, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement today by CPR spokesperson Salma Allam (she/her), Coalition Organizer at Arab American Association of NY

CPR Statement: NYC 2023 Budget Modification shrinks critical community resources, preserves NYPD budget bloat.

New York, NY -- Today, Mayor Adams’ Office of Management and Budget announced NYC’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Modification. The modification cuts crucial funding to libraries, education, housing, and other social services that keep our communities safe while continuing to invest in policing.

CPR Statement: NYPD Commissioner Sewell’s New Rule Change Impedes Accountability, Safety

NEW YORK- Yesterday, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell announced plans to change the NYPD’s disciplinary guidelines to reduce penalties on officers. She also shared that she had reduced or dismissed penalties against NYPD officers in 72 cases that were recommended by judges and the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Below is a statement from Communities United for Police Reform spokesperson and Justice Committee Families and Cases Organizer Danny Kim (he/him):

CPR Outraged by Mayor’s “Dangerous” Plan to Forcibly Detain New Yorkers with Mental Illness

New York, NY -- Today, Mayor Adams announced a sweeping effort allowing law enforcement to involuntarily detain New Yorkers who are perceived to be suffering from a mental health crisis. Outraged by the move to give NYPD unilateral power to detain people against their will regardless of whether or not they are a threat to themselves or others, Communities United for Police Reform and CPR member organizations have released the following statements: