With the conclusion of the trial in the groundbreaking class action lawsuit Floyd et. al v. City of New York on May 20 and the upcoming mayoral election in November, we are at a decisive moment that provides an historic opportunity to enact meaningful and long-term change in NYPD practices.
In 2012, 84 percent of New York City residents stopped by the police were African-American or Latino. 88 percent of these stops resulted in no arrest or summons. In her closing remarks on the last day of the trial in the Floyd case, Judge Shira Scheindlin referred to this number as a “high error rate.”
While the final ruling of the case will take some time – you can make your voices heard now.
The Floyd case, increased press coverage, and the efforts of policy advocacy and grassroots organizations like the Police Reform Organizing Project, have exposed the city of New York to the reality of abusive police practices. Unfortunately, though, the targeting of low-income communities of color is not the only problem with police policies. Beyond stop and frisk, the NYPD continues to engage in the illegal surveillance of Muslim communities and target, harass and abuse LGBT people, sex workers, street vendors, homeless individuals and the mentally ill. The Police Reform Organizing Project is committed to fighting for the human and civil rights of all New Yorkers.
Join PROP in urging an end to the ineffective and discriminatory practices of the NYPD by signing our petition and sharing it with your friends.