Action Alert: Community Safety Act

THE ISSUE

Last month the New York City Council passed a pair of bills within the Community Safety Act that would provide oversight of the NYPD by creating an independent inspector general for the Police Department (Intro 1079) and protecting New Yorker's against racial profiling and discrimination by the NYPD (Intro 1080). Mayor Bloomberg, who has been adamantly opposed to police reform, threatened to veto the legislation and yesterday he did just that.

Statistics have shown that the NYPD's "Stop and Frisk" policy has disproportionately impacted Black and Latino males in New York City at an exponentially higher rate. The notion that this policy, and others like it, makes communities safer by decreasing crime is simply unsupported by data. What statistics do show is an alarming pattern of discriminatory enforcement. From 2002 to 2011, black and Latino residents made up close to 90 percent of people stopped, and about 88 percent of stops – more than 3.8 million – were of innocent New Yorker's. Even in neighborhoods that are predominantly white, Black and Latino New Yorker's still face the disproportionate brunt of stops. For example, in 2011, Black and Latino New Yorker's made up 24 percent of the population in Park Slope, but 79 percent of stops. This, on its face, is discriminatory.

Mayor Bloomberg's veto of the Community Safety Act sends a clear message to the City Council which acted to end this discriminatory practice. That message was bad practices don't matter; it's his way or the highway. Today, the Brooklyn NAACP is urging you to help us send him a stronger message back, by urging the City Council to override the Mayor's veto.

THE ACTION WE NEED YOU TO TAKE

  • Call your Council Member and urge them to support overriding the Mayor's veto of the Community Safety Act.

 

Brooklyn Council Members

NAME

DISTRICT

INTRO 1079 Vote

INTRO 1080 Vote

Phone

Charles Barron

42

Affirmative

Affirmative

(718)  649-9495

Erik Martin Dilan

37

Affirmative

Affirmative

(718)  642-8664

Mathieu Eugene

40

Affirmative

Affirmative

(718)  287-8762

Lewis A. Fidler

46

Negative

Negative

(718) 241-9330

Vincent J. Gentile

43

Negative

Negative

(718) 748-5200

Sara M. Gonzalez

38

Affirmative

Affirmative

(718) 439-9012

David G. Greenfield

44

Affirmative

Negative

(718)  853-2704

Letitia James

35

Affirmative

Affirmative

(718) 260-9191

Brad Lander

39

Affirmative

Negative

(718)  499-1090

Stephen Levin

33

Affirmative

Affirmative

(718) 875-5200

Darlene Mealy

41

Affirmative

Affirmative

(718)  953-3097

Michael C. Nelson

48

Affirmative

Affirmative

(718)  368-9176

Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.

47

Affirmative

Affirmative

(718)  373-9673

Diana Reyna

34

Negative

Negative

(718)  963-3141

Albert Vann

36

Affirmative

Affirmative

(718)  919-0740

Jumaane D. Williams

45

Affirmative

Affirmative

(718)  629-2900

Click here to find contact information for additional Council Members

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  • commented 2013-12-25 10:13:29 -0500
    Bloomberg is at the top the list of oppression of blacks. I wish the likes of Oprah and other black millionaires/billionaires would challenge him… He is an out of control billionaire spoiled brat who cry when he doesn’t get his way. How did we allow him to change the laws to accommodate his selfish appetite. 8+ years of him, rrrh!! Bloomberg, step down, go away, leave us alone. Let the next mayor do his job. You are no longer the mayor and your money should not allow you to pretend to be.
  • commented 2013-11-24 12:27:46 -0500
    Thank you
  • published this page in Home 2013-07-24 12:21:43 -0400

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