Press Releases

Eric Garner’s Mother, Gwen Carr, Responds to Report That NYPD Will Begin Disciplinary Process Sooner Than Previously Indicated

In response to a report that the NYPD will begin the disciplinary process into NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo and Sergeant Kizzy Adonis sooner than they claimed in a letter to DOJ this week, Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s mother, released the following statement.

“The de Blasio administration should never have waited for 4 years or until September because the idea that NYPD couldn’t have acted before DOJ has always been a lie. We exposed that September was an artificial timeline this week and it's unacceptable that the NYPD is saying that only two officers will face discipline charges when many more were involved in murdering my son, trying to cover it up and other related misconduct.

CPR Slams de Blasio for Cover-Up on Garner, Calls for Truly External Investigations into Corrupted NYPD Disciplinary Investigations for Serious Misconduct

In response to Mayor de Blasio claiming that the killing of Eric Garner wasn’t as clear as the police killings of civilians in other cities and defending the NYPD only bringing charges against two officers in Garner’s killing, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Loyda Colon, Co-Director of the Justice Committee.

“It’s disgusting and disgraceful for Mayor de Blasio to have said that Eric Garner’s killing by the NYPD he controls, which the world saw on video, was less clear-cut of an injustice than police killings of civilians in other cities. For four years, Mayor de Blasio misled the public about needing to wait for DOJ, which other police departments across the country did not do when their officers killed civilians and were investigated by DOJ.

4 Years after Eric Garner’s Killing by NYPD, His Family & Supporters Tell Mayor de Blasio: NYPD Letter Isn’t Action; Stop Protecting, Identify & Fire Guilty Officers

NYPD letter to DOJ & Justice Department response shows de Blasio administration misled public, inaction was unjustified & there’s no reason to wait until September to discipline officers

Family and community demand that NYPD immediately begin disciplinary process to fire all officers who used excessive force in killing, failed to intervene, and then tried to cover it up with lies on official reports

On the day that marks four years since Eric Garner was killed by NYPD officers on Staten Island, Garner’s mother was joined by elected officials and community supporters to demand the de Blasio administration immediately start disciplinary action against the officers responsible for the killing and its related misconduct. Specifically, they demanded that Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD immediately hold all of the multiple officers who used excessive force against Garner – not just Pantaleo – accountable by bringing them up on disciplinary charges and firing them.

CPR Responds to NYPD Letter to U.S. Department of Justice Regarding Eric Garner

In response to the NYPD sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the killing of Eric Garner, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Carolyn Martinez-Class.

“This letter is more political theater by the de Blasio administration and NYPD to distract from the fact that four years after Eric Garner was killed, they have failed to hold any of the multiple officers responsible for the killing and related misconduct accountable.

Community Stakeholders to Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit Urge Judge to Intervene & Mandate Key Reforms That NYPD is Resisting in New Legal Filing

Amicus brief on behalf of New Yorkers directly impacted by unconstitutional stops comes after years of court-ordered reform process has yielded almost none of central reforms to address core issues of unconstitutional stop-and-frisks


Though NYPD-reported stops have declined, officers fail to report them up to 73 percent of the time and thousands more encounters that may be unconstitutional stops are going unrecorded

New York, NY – Over 90 organizations from across New York City, 15 family members of New Yorkers killed by the NYPD, and others directly impacted by abusive policing supported an amicus brief filed in federal court by Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), urging the judge overseeing the stop-and-frisk cases to mandate the NYPD to adopt specific stop-and-frisk and trespass enforcement reforms. The court had named CPR as a community stakeholder in the court-ordered reform process that stemmed from the ruling in the federal class action lawsuit, Floyd v.

Family of Delrawn Small Calls on New External NYPD Panel on Discipline Policies to Review Case of Officer Wayne Isaacs as Example of Problem with Disciplinary System

Small’s brother and sister urge Mayor de Blasio & Commissioner O’Neill to bring charges and fire Isaacs for shooting and killing their brother, failing to alert 911 to shooting or render aid, and lying about incident


Nearly 2 years after Isaacs killed unarmed Small and over 7 months since murder trial concluded, officer has faced no discipline or even charges

The sister and brother of Delrawn Small, Victoria Davis and Victor Dempsey, were joined by elected officials, community supporters and other families whose loved ones were killed by the NYPD to demand police accountability. Specifically, they called for Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner O’Neill to ensure that Officer Wayne Isaacs, who killed Small, has departmental disciplinary charges brought against him immediately and is fired.

Family of Saheed Vassell & National Black Civil Rights Organization Color Of Change Deliver 20,000 Petitions from New Yorkers to Mayor de Blasio demanding Transparency

Petitions, along with community groups & elected officials, call for de Blasio administration to release names, unedited video footage and misconduct histories of officers who killed Vassell

After more than 11 weeks, de Blasio & NYPD refuse to release names of officers in shooting, despite cities across nation do so within 72 hours

Over 11 weeks after the NYPD killed unarmed Saheed Vassell in Crown Heights, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization – Color Of Change – joined Vassell’s parents and local community organizations to deliver 20, 000 petitions demanding transparency from Mayor de Blasio.

CPR Responds to Announcement of Panel on NYPD Discipline

In response to a report of NYPD announcing it has created an advisory panel to review its disciplinary policies, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Mark Winston Griffith, executive director of Brooklyn Movement Center.

Advocates Respond to Mayor de Blasio’s New Marijuana Enforcement Policy

In response to Mayor de Blasio unveiling a NYPD-created plan to change marijuana enforcement, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Monifa Bandele, a Senior Vice President at MomsRising.

Day after Families are Forced to Celebrate Father’s Day without Fathers who were Killed by NYPD, Family Members Demand Action from Mayor de Blasio

Families of Eric Garner, Delrawn Small & Saheed Vassell call for accountability and transparency for killings by NYPD officers, calling for firings and release of information

The families of Eric Garner, Delrawn Small, and Saheed Vasell – all fathers who missed Father’s Day with their families – and their community supporters called for Mayor de Blasio to take immediate action to hold the officers who killed them accountable. All of the families are being denied accountability by the de Blasio administration, with the NYPD failing to take actions to discipline and fire the officers responsible and withholding vital information from the families and public.