Reform NYPD Now

Over 50 nonprofit organizations – including social justice and advocacy organizations, religious congregations, and nonprofits providing vital education, health, housing, youth development, and other social services in low-income communities of color – sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and all members of the New York City Council, calling for the immediate implementation of necessary changes to NYPD policies and practices.

The REFORM NYPD NOW agenda includes recommendations from a wide variety of advocates and focuses on vital array of reforms for which there is a broad consensus and that can be adopted immediately. The reforms seek to reduce incidents of police officer misconduct, improve the training of police officers, and enhance accountability for officers involved in misconduct.

For example, the agenda includes:

• Adopting the “8 Can’t Wait” reforms – which include requiring officers to de-escalate situations before using force, report all uses of force, give verbal warnings where possible before using deadly force, and intervene when they see other officers engaging in misconduct. These reforms are being advocated for nationally and have already been adopted by the police departments in Boston, San Francisco, Tucson, and elsewhere.

• Strengthening the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), including providing the CCRB with the authority to impose discipline on officers when its investigations have resulted in findings of misconduct.

• Making footage from body-worn cameras immediately available to the public.

• Prohibiting the hiring of officers with a history of excessive force or serious substantiated misconduct complaints.

• Requiring annual training for all officers in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), community relations, de-escalation strategies, and preventing discriminatory profiling.

In addition, the REFORM NYPD NOW agenda calls on the Mayor and the Police Commissioner to publicly acknowledge and apologize for NYPD’s history of disparate treatment of persons of color, and to pledge to institute the proposed reforms.

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CURRENT LIST OF SIGNATORY ORGANIZATIONS
as of 9/18/20

American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York
Apicha Community Health Center
Association to Benefit Children
Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc.
Boys’ Club of New York
BRC
Broadway Housing Communities
Brooklyn Community Services
Center for Employment Opportunities
Children’s Aid Society
Children of Promise, NYC
Church of the Resurrection
Claremont Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
College Access: Research & Action (CARA)
Community Connections for Youth
Community Health Care Association of NYS
Community Healthcare Network
Concrete Safaris
Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation
Dare2Draw
Directions For Our Youth
East Harlem Community Health Committee
EHTP & East Harlem Scholars Academies
East River North Renewal HDFC
Educational Alliance
Exodus Transitional Community
Forestdale
The Fortune Society
Goddard Riverside
Good Shepherd Services
GOSO/SAVE
Grand Street Settlement
HANAC Inc.
Health People
Hope Community
Hudson Guild
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement
Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
LSA Family Health Service
Lutheran Social Services of NY
Marcus Garvey Park Alliance
Medicare Rights Center
Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church
New Settlement Apartments
NMIC
The Opportunity Network
Queens Community House
Row New York
Student Success Network
Sunnyside Community Services
Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center
STRIVE New York
Union Settlement
Vibrant Emotional Health
Volunteers of America – Greater New York
Women In Need (Win)
YMCA of Greater New York
Young Audiences New York
Youth Action Programs and Homes