Right to Know Act

The Right To Know Act is a legislative package that aims to protect the civil and human rights of New Yorkers while promoting communication, transparency and accountability in everyday interactions between the NYPD and the public.  New Yorkers want to live in a safe city where the police treat all residents with dignity and respect, and where police are not considered to be above the law.

Why Manhattan isn't going to arrest people for littering, public drinking

The NYPD’s overhaul of how to treat minor offenses such as public drinking and taking two seats on the subway represents a tap on the brakes for the nation’s largest and most influential police force.
03/04/2016
Christian Science Monitor

NEW YORK — When New York City officials announced this week that Manhattan police would stop arresting most of the scofflaws who littered, drank in public, or took up two seats on the subway, and give them summonses instead, they were in many ways addressing a lot more than such penny-ante violations of the law.

Police Reform Campaign Responds to CCRB Report on Improper NYPD Searches

In response to the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board releasing a report highlighting improper searches after multiple other reports indicated other unconstitutional searches, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Jose Lopez. 

Need for police accountability, transparency and right to know - OpEd by CPR Leader Monifa Bandele

02/18/2016
New York Amsterdam News

Last week’s conviction of NYPD officer Peter Liang, the first conviction of a NYPD officer for killing a civilian in more than a decade, is an important step forward for justice for Akai Gurley’s family and police accountability. However, it hardly represents equal justice for our communities with respect to policing, or an end to the preferential double standard that most officers have experienced when they brutalize or kill.

CPR Statement re: Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's State of the City Criminal Justice Proposals

In response to the criminal justice reform proposals in New York City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito’s State of the City address, Communities United for Police Reform released the following statement from spokesperson Alyssa Aguilera, Political Director of VOCAL-NY.

“It’s good to see justice as such a central focus of Speaker Mark-Viverito’s State of the City address, and we welcome a focus on how we achieve it for New Yorkers. There were important proposals put forward today, and our hope is to work together with Speaker Mark-Viverito and the Council to achieve these goals, while at the same time passing critical police reforms like the Right to Know Act.

Experts weigh in on Bill de Blasio, grade mayor on his successes and failures two years into his term

Experts weigh in on Mayor de Blasio's performance 2 years in to his term.
12/26/2015
New York Daily News
Policing is still unfair: Mayor de Blasio pledges to "end the stop-and-frisk era" and ensure fairness in the policing of our neighborhoods have gone unfulfilled. While at first blush the diminished number of reported stops suggests reform, tens of thousands of law-abiding black and Latino New Yorkers remain disproportionately stopped and frisked, with over 80% of those stopped found to have done nothing. That's a lower total, but discriminatory policing persists.

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