VICTORY! NYC Council Reforms NYPD’s Discriminatory Stop and Frisk Policing

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and fellow members of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) are pleased to celebrate the New York City Council’s historic passage of bold legislation to prevent ineffective, bias-based policing. The passage of the Community Safety Act, through a City Council vote to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto from earlier in the summer, is a victory for New Yorkers who have fought for years to bring an end to practices that have unjustly targeted communities of color, immigrants, the homeless and young people.

The Council’s vote moves New York toward a smarter, more effective and more just approach to policing. It signals that tactics that confuse policing with prejudice will not be tolerated.

CPD is thrilled to celebrate this victory alongside our many partners in CPR and Council Members Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander, key sponsors of the legislation. The laws that have been put into place through the override vote stand as models for efforts to combat discriminatory policing that are emerging in cities and states throughout the United States.