June 26, 2013, New York – In anticipation of the historic vote tonight in the New York City Council the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the statement below in response:
After years of efforts by community groups to address discriminatory policing by the NYPD, we applaud the City Council for moving towards voting tonight on the Community Safety Act. Tonight’s historic vote represents the fruition of years of organizing by community and civil rights groups to hold the City accountable for its history of discriminatory policing. The Community Safety Act promises a police department that works for the people of New York and is accountable to the people of New York.We hope that once the bills pass, all New Yorkers will be free from living under siege by their own police force.The City must accept that the kind of significant change necessary to fix the problems with the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices will require outside monitoring. The creation of an NYPD Inspector General is a critical step to improving the broad civil rights policies and practices of the department. Given the breadth of the problem, multiple layers of oversight will be necessary, and the ordering of a court-appointed monitor in our class action stop-and-frisk lawsuit, Floyd v. City of New York, to oversee the remedies ordered by the court would play an important and complimentary role.
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