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NYPD: Reverse directive to run criminal checks on victims of domestic violence.
  • Petitioned NYPD

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Chief of Detectives, Phil Pulaski
Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly
U.S. Senate
New York State House
New York State Senate

NYPD: Reverse directive to run criminal checks on victims of domestic violence.

    1. Eddy Gourdet
    2. Petition by

      Eddy Gourdet

      Brooklyn, United States

The New York Police Department recently announced a new directive stating they would run criminal background checks on anyone who reports domestic violence. The new memo issued by the chief of Detectives, requires detectives to look into warrants, complaint histories and even driving records of both parties -- the victim and the abuser.

This means that even fewer victims of domestic violence will report their abuse. Even those with minor offenses such as unpaid parking tickets are at risk for arrest if they call 911. Domestic violence already goes unreported for the most part, and this will drop those numbers even further. And if fewer victims report their abuse, more of them will be in dangerous -- and even life threatening -- situations.

I'm a Black man who has lived in New York my whole life. I know that many people already don't feel like the NYPD is here to protect them. The department's motto is "Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect." This policy flies in the face of all three of those qualities. The NYPD's goal should be public safety for all, not just those whose background checks come back clean.

We need to help DV victims feel safe, and feel as if the law will be out for them and not out to get them. I'm a father and I don't want my daughter growing up in a world where she hesitates to call the cops on an abusive partner because she's even more afraid of the police than of her abuser.

Please join me to ask the NYPD to reverse this dangerous and outrageous directive. I'm not exaggerating when I say that lives could be at stake.

NYPD, Chief of Detectives, Phil Pulaski
NYPD, Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly
U.S. Senate
New York State House
New York State Senate
Reverse directive to run criminal checks on victims of domestic violence.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Cops Gone Wild

      Eddy Gourdet
      Petition Organizer


      Read this story. This just throws more fuel on this fire. DV victims are already incredibly vulnerable. Now imagine a crooked cop with info of some parking tickets telling a victim that he needs a sexual favor to take care of the case.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • James Holley CHANNELVIEW, TX
      • 5 months ago

      This is just plain stupid, who the hell is gonna take the time to run a background check on someone while they are being beaten to death? ...well, that is, outside of the New York Police Department. The only thing to be accomplished here is, 1 more time, 2 more people dying before the cops get there, 3 more money to finance the additional background checks, 4 more money to pay the officers doing the background check, 5 fewer cases of abuse being reported and 6 a whole lot more room for errors that could result in a loss of life. And besides, just when do the employees tell their bosses what they are gonna do and not gonna do? The police work for us, WE SHOULD BE TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!!!!!

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 8 months ago

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    • gabrielle shaver DAHLONEGA, GA
      • 11 months ago

      Everyone deserves the right to be protected by their government

    • Kathleen Henderson NEWARK, DE
      • 11 months ago

      Because this policy will deter victims of domestic violence from seeking protection. They should not be punished for seeking refuge from their abusers. If they have commited other crimes, perseu their outstanding warents at a later time. NOT WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO ESCAPE ABUSE.

      Do you really want to have a city in your country where you can be arrested while reporting abuse because you have an unpaid parking ticket, smoked pot, shoplifted, or ran a red light?

    • Sharon Davison FAYETTEVILLE, AR
      • about 1 year ago

      Since the police profession has a high, recorded record of domestic violence perpetrators, this could be problematic for them.


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