Press Releases

Statement: Communities United For Police Reform Applauds Attorney General Letitia James On Lawsuit Against The NYPD

Today, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a lawsuit against the NYPD for their abuse and violence apparent in the protests following George Floyd's and Breonna Taylor's killings last year. Below is Communities United for Police Reform's response:

STATEMENT: Communities United for Police Reform Responds to Governor Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State Address

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his annual State of the State address.  Below is Communities United for Police Reform’s response to the Governor’s speech and the policies he has prioritized for the upcoming year.

Ellen Trawick Responds To Footage Showing Callous Nypd In Aftermath Of Son’s Killing

NYPD officers claim “Nobody, just the perp” was hurt following the killing of Kawaski Trawick, who was cooking in his home when officers shot him

New York, NY (January 4th, 2021) – Additional body-worn camera footage showing minutes after the killing of Kawaski Trawick by NYPD officers, Herbert Davis and

Statement: CPR Responds To Law Department Report On Factors Influencing The George Floyd Protests

Yesterday, the New York City Law Department released a report on the factors influencing the George Floyd protests earlier this year. Below is a statement on the report from Kesi Foster, spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform.

Win: Court Rejects de Blasio, NYPD Bid to Stymie Public Judicial Inquiry into Eric Garner Killing

New York, NY (December 22, 2020) – In October, the City of New York filed a notice of appeal of NY Supreme Court Justice Joan A. Madden’s September 24, 2020 decision to allow a public judicial inquiry into the killing of Eric Garner by NYPD officers to proceed. Lawyers for Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD then argued that Justice Madden could not, and should not, proceed with the public inquiry while their appeal was pending – effectively putting the case on ice.

STATEMENT: CPR Responds to Overdue Dept of Investigation Report into NYPD Conduct During Summer Protests

Today, the New York City Department of Investigation released a 100+ page report on the conduct of the NYPD during the protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd earlier this year. The report, which comes almost four months later than Mayor de Blasio originally promised, concludes that the NYPD mismanaged their response to the protests, used excessive force, prioritized “disorder control” rather than facilitating First Amendment rights of New Yorkers, and escalated situations and tensions between members of the public and the police. In response to the report, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) spokesperson Anthonine Pierre issued the following statement:

Mother of Kawaski Trawick Slams NYPD & de Blasio for NYPD-Produced Video of Police Killing

In response to NYPD video, Kawaski Trawick's mother demands transparency & officers be fired

New York, NY – Today, the NYPD released a NYPD-narrated and edited video of the April 2019 killing of Kawaski Trawick, a 32-year-old Bronx resident who was shot by police in his home.