Communities United for Police Reform Speaks out Against Stop and Frisk, Reported by The New York Times

Posted on July 10, 2018

Watchdog urges judge to mandate reforms on NYPD street stops

Originally Posted in The New York Times on July 9, 2018
Written by The Associated Press

A watchdog group on Monday urged a judge to mandate sweeping changes to the New York Police Department’s practice of stopping and questioning people on the street, saying in court papers that it remains concerned about civil liberties, racial disparities, and transparency.

Communities United for Police Reform [CPR] outlined the five reforms it wants to be implemented immediately, including comprehensive pedestrian stop statistics, public disclosure of discipline for officers accused of making abusive or unconstitutional stops and a community board that can assess the NYPD’s compliance with the changes. CPR spokesman Mark Winston Griffith said the NYPD’s reported stop-and-frisk decrease is “inaccurate and presents a false picture of reality on the ground.” He said thousands of stops and police interactions are not being accounted for in the NYPD’s public statistics and that blacks and Latinos are still being disproportionately affected by the stops.

Deputy NYPD Commissioner Phil Walzak said the department has shown its commitment to building community trust by sharply reducing stop-and-frisks, embracing a neighborhood policing strategy and implementing some or all of 11 of the facilitator’s 14 reform recommendations.

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