June 12, 2020, New York – In response to Governor Cuomo signing the Safer NY Act into law, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the statement below. The Safer Act comprises the Police Statistics and Transparency (STAT) Act, the repeal of the police misconduct shield law known as 50-a, and special prosecutor legislation.
Together, New Yorkers achieved the first critical pieces of legislation for holding the NYPD and other forces in the state accountable for brutality and anti-Black policing. The Safer NY Act will lead to increased transparency, police accountability, and, we hope, justice. This victory would not have been possible without the hard work of visionary and tireless community members, leaders, and activists, particularly the many family members of Black and brown people who have been murdered by police in New York. While New York has taken some important steps in the right direction, it has much further to go. We must remain unwavering on our commitment to justice and keep on the path toward building a safer and more just world for our most marginalized communities.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is a member of Communities United for Police Reform, which, together with the Safer NY Act Coalition, worked for years to get us to this day.
The Center for Constitutional Rights works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, the Center for Constitutional Rights has taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach. Learn more at ccrjustice.org.