Posted on July 10, 2018
Watchdog urges judge to mandate reforms on NYPD street stops
It’s time for #NYC city admin and the #NYPD to stop dragging their feet on real, effective #stopandfrisk reforms to address unconstitutional, abusive, and discriminatory stops that New Yorkers are still experiencing: https://t.co/Gl7c6DpzJB
— CPR Change the NYPD (@changethenypd) July 10, 2018
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.