Community Safety Act
Posted on 09/26/2012 @ 12:05 PM
Community Safety Act
Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, bringing together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change. The partners in this campaign come from all 5 boroughs, from all walks of life and represent many of those unfairly targeted the most by the NYPD. This groundbreaking campaign is fighting for reforms that will promote community safety while ensuring that the NYPD protects and serves all New Yorkers.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF is proud to support the Community Safety Act -- a package of landmark legislation in the City Council to bring real accountability to the NYPD. New Yorkers want to live in a safe city where the police treat all residents equally and respectfully, and are not above the law.
Join us on Thursday, September 27, 2012 to rally for NYPD accountability and community safety!
Where: City Hall Park- Broadway Side of City Hall
Why: Call for passage of the Community Safety Act!
Join us via Facebook and Twitter at @changethenypd & help tweet #S27 #changethenypd #communitysafetynow
- Protecting New Yorkers against discriminatory profiling by the NYPD (Intro. 800)
This legislation would ban profiling by the NYPD. It would prohibit the NYPD from relying, to any degree, on race, ethnicity, religion, or other protected categories when engaging in law enforcement activities, with few exceptions. The legislation would also, for the first time in New York City law, make the NYPD accountable for practices such as stop and frisk that have a disproportionate impact on communities of color and other New Yorkers. Finally, it would broaden the communities protected against profiling by including a prohibition on discrimination based on race, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, housing status, or other characteristics. Similar laws exist in Illinois, W. Virginia & Arkansas. This legislation is also similar to the federal End Racial Profiling Act.
- Protecting New Yorkers against unlawful searches (Intro. 799)
This bill would end the practice of the NYPD pressuring New Yorkers into consenting to wrongful searches (for example, searches that lead to the disproportionate arrest of black and Latino New Yorkers for possession of minor amounts of marijuana). Police officers would have to explain to New Yorkers that they have the right to refuse a search when there is no warrant or probable cause. The NYPD would have to obtain proof of the consent given. Similar laws exist in Colorado & West Virginia.
- Requiring officers to identify and explain themselves to the public (Intro. 801)
This bill would require that NYPD officers provide their name and rank to the subjects of law enforcement activity, such as New Yorkers being stopped and frisked. The officer would also have to provide the specific reason for the stop, and a business card to the person being stopped that includes information on how to file a complaint. There are exceptions for extenuating circumstances. Similar laws exist in Arkansas, Minnesota and Colorado.
- Establish an NYPD Inspector General Office (Intro. 881)
An Inspector General would ensure that NYPD policies operate effectively and are consistent with the law. Inspectors General provide oversight of the FBI, CIA, LAPD, as well as every significant New York City government agency (including the Departments of Education, Correction, and the FDNY). An Inspector General would have the authority to review NYPD policies, recommend changes to make the Department more effective, and make regular reports to the Police Commissioner, Mayor, City Council, and public about its findings. The Inspector General would also have subpoena power.