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Sep
17
2014
NYCLU Report Exposes NY’s Failure to Provide Public Defense to Poor in Violation of Constitution

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released a report revealing grim new data regarding New York State’s abject failure to provide public defense services to poor people accused of crimes, a violation of the U.S. Constitution, state constitution and the laws of New York. The new report also features testimonials from New Yorkers across the state whose families, homes and livelihoods were devastated by the broken public defense system.

Sep
8
2014
City Council Must Require NYPD to Disclose its Use of Force Training

The New York Civil Liberties Union today submitted testimony to the New York City Council Public Safety Committee demanding increased oversight and transparency regarding the NYPD’s use of force, officer training, and violations enforcement.

Sep
4
2014
NYPD Body Cameras Should be a Win-Win

In response to an expected announcement later today that the NYPD will soon begin a pilot program where officers wear body cameras, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement, attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Aug
20
2014
New NYCLU Reports Reveal Historic Failure and Bias of Bloomberg Administration’s Signature Public Safety Program

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released an analysis of new NYPD data that provides the first detailed picture of the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program throughout the totality of the Bloomberg administration, including new insights on the program’s stark racial disparities and its ineffectiveness in recovering illegal firearms. The NYCLU also released an analysis of 2013 stop-and-frisk data which shows the program last year had a gun recovery rate of only .02 percent and still overwhelmingly targeted young black and Latino men.

Aug
5
2014
NYCLU Letter Urges Reforms in the Aftermath of Garner Death

In response to the death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD, the New York Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, Civilian Complaint Review Board Chair Richard Emery, and Inspector General Phil Eure. The letter outlines the immediate need to examine police practices and to reassess oversight of the NYPD, particularly around issues of Police Department enforcement of low-level offenses.

Jul
30
2014
Decision Moves City One Step Closer to Stop-and-Frisk Reform

Exactly six months after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that New York City intended to drop its appeal in two class-action lawsuits challenging the NYPD’s unconstitutional and discriminatory stop-and-frisk regime, a federal court judge cleared the path for the parties to resolve these longstanding lawsuits and work together to develop remedies that will finally end stop-and-frisk abuses. The court also denied police unions’ requests that they join the cases which could have slowed the reform process.

Jul
23
2014
NYCLU, Civil Rights Orgs, Labor Unions Urge Cuomo to Veto Bill Immunizing Police Officers from Discipline

The New York Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of civil rights organizations and labor unions today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to veto legislation that would all but eliminate the ability of local government officials across New York State to discipline police officers engaged in misconduct. The letter comes just days after a Staten Island man died after an NYPD officer put him in an illegal chokehold.

Jun
18
2014
NYCLU Applauds Decision Upholding NYC's Racial Profiling Ban

A State Court tonight ruled that New York City's ban on racial profiling is constitutional, a decision applauded by the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Mar
5
2014
NYCLU Applauds de Blasio Administration for Dropping its Challenge to Anti-Racial Profiling Law

New York City today announced it is dropping its challenge to a new racial profiling ban that will help restore community trust in the police and make city streets safer for all New Yorkers, a move celebrated by the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Feb
26
2014
NYCLU Applauds Expansion of NYC Paid Sick Leave Law

The New York City Council this afternoon voted 46-to-5 to expand the Earned Sick Time Act, giving a total of 1.2 million New York City workers the ability to care for their health and the health of their families without having to sacrifice their pay. Under the new law, all businesses with at least five employees must provide workers with five paid sick days a year. The bill also contains measures to include manufacturing workers previously excluded under the prior version of the act, and expands the categories of family members whom employees are allowed to take time off to care for.

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