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Aug
24
2016
New Syracuse Body Cameras Need Policies that Ensure Police Accountability

In response to news Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Syracuse a $59,000 grant for the police department to acquire body cameras to initiate a pilot program, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement attributable to NYCLU Central New York Chapter Director Yusuf Abdul Qadir.

Aug
23
2016
New Report Underscores Need to Rein in NYPD Surveillance of American Muslims

The NYPD Inspector General today released a report that examined the NYPD’s compliance with the Handschu Guidelines -- which protect New Yorkers’ lawful political and religious activities from unwarranted surveillance – while investigating a sample of cases closed between 2010 and 2015 that mostly involved American Muslims. The report found that the NYPD failed to adhere to important safeguards that protect people’s rights and the integrity of investigations.

Aug
19
2016
Overbroad Campaign Finance Bill Threatens Free Speech

The New York Civil Liberties Union sent a letter this week to Governor Cuomo raising serious concerns about a bill that could chill constitutionally protected speech and discourage people from contributing to nonprofit organizations that fight for causes they care about. The governor could sign this bill into law within a matter of days.

Aug
9
2016
NYCLU: With Nation Watching, NYPD Must Get Body Camera Policies Right

The New York Civil Liberties Union submitted public comment this week urging the NYPD to strengthen and improve several aspects of its draft policy on body cameras. The department worked with New York University’s Policing Project to collect comments on the policy before it is finalized. The NYPD will be rolling out body cameras as part of a court-ordered pilot program as a result of stop-and-frisk litigation.

Aug
2
2016
NYCLU: After Bratton, NYC Needs New Era of Policing

In response to the resignation of NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton today, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to Executive Director, Donna Lieberman:

Aug
1
2016
NYPD Use of Force against Assemblyman Shows Need to Reform Toxic, Biased Policing Culture

New York state assemblyman Michael Blake yesterday filed a formal complaint against the NYPD after an officer lifted him and slammed him against a gate when he tried to diffuse a street confrontation. The Bronx assemblyman filed his complaint with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, claiming excessive force by the NYPD, which he described as being related to his race. The incident occurred just as use of force by police against black people has become a pressing local and national issue.

Jul
21
2016
NYPD Releases Complete School Safety Data for First Time

The NYPD issued new school safety data today on the use of handcuffs and metal detectors in schools, and the number of arrests made by NYPD officers on school grounds, as required by amendments to the Student Safety Act passed last year.

Jul
19
2016
Broadway's Best Raise their Voices in Support of Civil Liberties at Annual NYCLU Concert

The New York Civil Liberties Union’s 14th annual “Broadway Stands Up for Freedom” drew a packed house at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Monday night. Dozens of Broadway stars and performers honored the NYCLU's work. “Our hearts are filled with music and gratitude to the many Broadway stars who joined us in support of civil liberties and the arts,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the NYCLU. “Thanks to their talents and their generosity, the show not only raised artistic spirits, but it also raised awareness and money for the NYCLU’s crucial work.”

Jul
13
2016
NYCLU: Further Delays Will Keep Youth in Solitary at Rikers

The New York City Board of Correction yesterday approved the fourth request from the Department of Correction to delay the end of solitary confinement for young adults at the notorious Rikers Island jail complex. In January 2015, the department committed to ending solitary for young adults by January 2016, but today there are 16 people age 19 to 21 still in solitary on Rikers.

Jul
12
2016
NYCLU: City Council Must Act Now to Make Police Encounters Safer

The New York Civil Liberties Union submitted testimony to the New York City Council today offering qualified support for three bills that would require public reporting on the use of force and misconduct by NYPD officers. Although the three bills (539-A, 606-B and 824-A) would increase transparency, the City Council must take more decisive action to change the behavior of NYPD officers and make police encounters safer by passing the Right to Know Act.

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