Earlier this month, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio introduced Bill Bratton as his choice for NYPD commissioner. The announcement prompted a range of reactions from different leaders across the city.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, Patrick Lynch of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the NYCLU’s Donna Lieberman and others commended Bratton’s record as chief in Los Angeles and his commitment to law enforcement. Consequentially, many civil rights advocates pledged to keep an eye on the top cop and his management of the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
This week, a group of researchers, lawyers and community activists released a report titled “Safety & Civil Rights for All New Yorkers.” The coalition, known as Communities United for Police Reform, continues to work to ensure that the NYPD will protect and respect the constitutional rights of all New Yorkers.
The report outlines ways that de Blasio and Bratton can rebuild and maintain a positive relationship between the communities of New York and the police. Suggestions included ending discriminatory policing, enforcing a zero tolerance policy for police brutality, and improving accountability and transparency within the Police Department.
“New Yorkers are ready for our city to lead the nation with a new era of public safety policy that is effective at protecting all New Yorkers and respecting constitutional and civil rights,” said Priscilla Gonzalez of Communities United for Police Reform. “These recommendations represent first steps towards achieving success and rebuilding the relationship between communities and the NYPD. Fulfilling Mayor-elect de Blasio’s commitment to end discriminatory policing, improve accountability and provide public safety for all communities will require the active engagement of many stakeholders—particularly those most impacted by discriminatory policing.
“We look forward to working to ensure this is realized so that all New Yorkers can enjoy a safe city where they are treated with dignity and respect.”
The report can be found at http://bit.ly/CPR100days.