Javier Valdes

published Major Civil Rights Victory Against Stop & Frisk in Home 2013-06-27 14:07:19 -0400

Major Civil Rights Victory Against Stop & Frisk

Great news! Just after 2am at City Hall last night, Make the Road New York members stood witness to an historic moment as the City Council passed new, veto-proof legislation to stop discriminatory policingcreate real NYPD accountability for our communities, and rein in the NYPD's use of stop and frisk. (Read more in the New York Times.)

For the first time in history, under Intro. 1080 of the Community Safety Act, New Yorkers will now have the right to sue under New York City law if they have been the victim of bias-based profiling. LGBT, homeless, and immigrant New Yorkers will be protected from discrimination under the law and have a meaningful mechanism to enforce their rights. 

With the passage of Intro. 1079, NYC also joins the ranks of other major cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, by creating an Inspector General position to bringtransparency, oversight and accountability to our police department. Later this summer, the Council's progressive majority will override the Mayor's veto and these critical protections will become law. 

This is a monumental achievement for MRNY's members who have been organizing for 15 years to make our streets and schools safe.

Javier Valdes

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