Peace, Justice & Freedom
Legal experts warn that President Barack Obama’s recently announced proposals for improving police interactions with the public could raise privacy concerns and risk further alienating minority communities if the plans are not implemented correctly.
Obama’s proposals were unveiled Monday amid mounting public anger after a grand jury last week declined to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August.
The president has faced criticism for not aggressively addressing the outcome of the grand jury proceeding, which community leaders have slammed as unfair and racially motivated. On Monday, however, Obama said that a “simmering distrust exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.”
Changing the NYPD: A Progressive Blueprint for Sweeping Reform – The main intent of PROP’s most recent report is to urge & convince the de Blasio administration to implement substantive reforms to address the harmful practices of the NYPD that routinely and disproportionately affect our city’s low income communities and people of color.
In Their Own Words: The Biggest Gang Here in New York City – This report is the second in our “In Their Own Words” Series. It presents quotes from New Yorkers who have been the victims of police abuse, and shows the human cost of unjust police.
Short-Report: “Criminalizing Communities: NYPD Abuse of Vulnerable Populations” – PROP’s January 2013 policy paper written in collaboration with the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. It chronicles NYPD abuses and their damaging effects against New York’s most vulnerable communities and recommends administrative and legislative reforms
– See more at: http://www.policereformorganizingproject.org/prop-reports/#sthash.yj6jqEU6.l34j98wE.dpuf