Community Safety Act

One Year After the Eric Garner Non-Indictment, Has Anything Changed?


On Thursday exactly a year ago, New York City was practically on fire. The startling decision last December 3 by a grand jury to not indict Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer behind the videotaped death of Eric Garner, blew the lid off a razzled metropolis whose citizens were already familiar with police brutality and discrimination. By then, of course, protests had spread across the country, due to the nearly concurrent decision with Michael Brown's case in Ferguson. In New York, as in Missouri, the anger was palpable—like you could reach out and touch it. And it stayed that way, for a while.

How to Build the Movement for Progressive Power, the Urban Way

 Four local politicians share their ideas for humanizing the “gig economy,” reforming the police, protecting immigrant rights, and solving the municipal budget crisis.
The Nation

 As the gears of federal government have ground to a halt, a new energy has been rocking the foundations of our urban centers. From Atlanta to Seattle and points in between, cities have begun seizing the initiative, transforming themselves into laboratories for progressive change. Cities Rising is The Nation’s chronicle of those urban experiments.


CPR Files Amicus Briefs in Support of City Council Defense of Profiling Ban of Community Safety Act

On January 10, 2014, Communities United For Police Reform and members of the Community Safety Act Coalition gathered on the steps of City Hall to denounce the police union and the former Mayor's efforts to overturn the Discriminatory Profiling Ban of the Community Safety Act and announced the filing

As Critics United, Stalled Battle Against Frisking Tactic Took Off

The New York Times

As the Police Department performed a mounting number of stops on New York streets, voices of opposition, slow and scattershot, struggled to be heard.

Complaints, mostly from minority areas, never quite coalesced into a movement. Police officials and city leaders casually dismissed opponents, denying that the stops were race-based and pointing to the plummeting crime rate as justification for the tactics.

CPR Statement Re: Speaker Christine Quinn’s Announcement on Public Safety

Communities United for Police Reform released the following statements in response to New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s announcement that she will not support an amended version of the anti-profiling bill – Intro 800 – of the Community Safety Act pending in the City Council.

Elected and Civil Rights Leaders Announce Broad Support for Police Reforms to Help End Discriminatory Policing

100+ organizations from across city support Community Safety Act to strengthen ban on profiling, establish Inspector General, among other reforms

Communities United for Police Reform – together with Council Members Jumaane Williams, Brad Lander, Rev. Al Sharpton, NAACP President Ben Jealous and others – announced that over 100 organizations from across the city have endorsed the Community Safety Act that is pending in the City Council.

Council Members Push NYPD Reform to Curb Stop-and-Frisk Practice

WNYC News Blog

A coalition of City Council members and advocates led by Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn introduced Wednesday a package of police reform bills the group says will bring greater accountability to the NYPD.

The elected officials and advocates who stood outside City Hall on Wednesday form a group called Communities United For Police Reform, which intends to make police reform a major issue in the upcoming mayoral election.