Today, Apr. 20, whether you’re celebrating the high-times holiday or not, you should head to the plaza outside of City Hall on the Brooklyn Bridge side, to protest and oppose Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s policies on body cameras.
After the federal courts ruled that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices — the NYPD was then required to use cameras. Disregarding many of the important concerns raised by advocates and the public, the body cameras policies will directly affect the community in a not so positive way.
Civil rights attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights will be on hand to answer any questions. As the people attempt to halt the body camera pilot program and push for major changes — the press conference starts soon at 1:30 p.m. EST today, Apr. 20.
See the full information below:
WHAT: Press conference to announce legal action opposing NYPD’s policies on body cameras.
WHEN: Thursday, April 20 at 1:30
WHERE: Plaza outside of City Hall gates on Brooklyn Bridge side, Lower Manhattan
WHO: Communities United for Police Reform (CPR)
Darius Charney, Senior Staff Attorney at Center for Constitutional Rights
Shelby Chestnut, NYC Anti-Violence Project
L. Joy Williams, President of Brooklyn NAACP
Council Member Robert Cornegy, Co-Chair of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus
David B. Rankin, civil rights attorney filing on behalf of CPR
Lurie D. Favors, General Counsel at Center for Law & Social Justice
Community organizations and members
WHY: As part of the Federal court ruling that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices were guilty of a pattern and practice of racial profiling and unconstitutional stops, the NYPD has been required to conduct a pilot program on body-worn cameras for officers. Days ago, the NYPD released its policy for the use of the cameras, and it disregarded many important concerns raised by advocates, the public, and most importantly community members directly-affected by stop-and-frisk and other police abuses. The body camera policies came under significant criticism from various parties when they were unveiled by the NYPD.