Please join the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) as we join with elected leaders, community members and advocates for a press conference and vote on the Community Safety Act (CSA) at City Hall in New York City on August 22, 2013.
The press conference will be held on the steps of City Hall to support the CSA, a landmark piece of legislation that will increase the accountability of the New York Police Department (NYPD), and strengthen protections from profiling by NYPD officers. Later that afternoon, an override vote on the CSA will be held, and determine whether the bills contained therein will be signed into law.
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What: Presser and vote on the Community Safety Act
When: Thursday, August 22, 2013 starting at 12:00 pm
Where: Steps of City Hall, New York, NY 10007. You can access City Hall by entering City Hall Park. Near the R / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 subway lines.
** Please leave extra time to go through security.
In late June, the New York City Council voted to pass the Community Safety Act (CSA), a landmark piece of legislation that will increase the accountability of the New York Police Department (NYPD), and strengthen protections from profiling by NYPD officers. Since these bills were introduced over a year ago, CCR and our allies have worked hard to build up support for them and to convince the New York City Council to enact the CSA.
The two bills that passed expand the categories of communities protected from discriminatory policing tactics; establish an enforceable ban on profiling and discrimination by the NYPD; and establish an inspector general to review and report on the policies and practices of the NYPD—a common-sense and urgently needed oversight mechanism that currently exists in all major New York City agencies, as well as other large law enforcement agencies around the country, including the LAPD, the FBI, and the CIA. In July, New York City Council Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed the bills, which prompts this override vote in August 2013. If at least 34 Council Members vote in support of these bills, to override the Mayor's veto, they will go into law.