A packed house attended the “Bloomberg Strikes Back! Emergency Town Hall on Stop and Frisk” on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Restoration Plaza in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. At the event, which was organized by the Communities United for Police Reform, various community leaders and local politicians updated the community on the status of the Intro 1079 Oversight Act, regarding the establishment of independent oversight of the NYPD, and the Intro 1080 End Discriminatory Profiling Act, meant to protect New Yorkers against discriminatory profiling by the NYPD. These two bills together comprise the Community Safety Act.
In recent months, the fight against profiling in New York City achieved a number of important milestones: The City Council passed the Community Safety Act over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto, and a federal judge ruled that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program amounts to racial profiling, is unconstitutional and must end. Both of these victories speak to the hard work and dedication of New York City activists who stood up against police abuses.
In a last-minute effort to claim the right to still profile, the police union is taking the New York City Council to court over the Community Safety Act (CSA). The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) sued the City Council last week over the part of the CSA that makes it easier to file anti-discrimination and racial profiling suits against the New York Police Department. The union, like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said the law is too vague and leaves police officers having to guess at the right way to do their jobs.
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