August 22, 2013 – Today, in response to the New York City Council’s override vote on the Community Safety Act, the Center for Constitutional Rights released the following statement:
We applaud the New York City Council for overriding Mayor Bloomberg’s ill-advised veto of the Community Safety Act. The people have spoken, a federal court has spoken, and now New York City’s legislative body has spoken.The CSA, will create an inspector general and an enforceable and expanded prohibition on discrimination by the NYPD. These common-sense and urgently needed measures will complement the reforms ordered in Floyd v. City of New York last week, including the appointment of an independent monitor and a community-based joint remedial process.It is time for the mayor and the police commissioner to join with the rest of the city in building a better, more effective NYPD, one that respects the rights of all New Yorkers and is accountable to them.
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