Thursday, June 27, 2013. New York City – Last night, the NYC Council passed the Community Safety Act by a veto-proof majority.
Council member Jumaane D. Williams said that “under immense pressure”, 33 (plus him) Council members voted for an enforceable ban on bias-based profiling and 39 (plus him) voted for an NYPD Inspector General. “To provide effective oversight,” he said.
AP reports, “The most expansive plans in years to impose new oversight on the New York Police Department passed the City Council early Thursday, as lawmakers voted to create an outside watchdog and make it easier to bring racial profiling claims against the nation’s largest police force.”
Council Members Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), co-vice chair of the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, and Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), co-chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, released the following statement following tonight’s landmark passage by the New York City Council of the Community Safety Act, a package of legislation targeted at advancing police accountability and improving the relationships between the NYPD and the communities they serve.
Intro 1079, which establishes an inspector general within the Department of Investigation, passed by a vote of 40-11 Intro 1080, which creates the first enforceable bias-based profiling ban in New York City, was voted through by a 34-17 margin.
“For years, New Yorkers have called for respectful policing and safer streets – and tonight, we won. It is a truly historic victory for civil rights and public safety.
“With independent oversight and an enforceable ban on police profiling, New Yorkers can finally be confident that the NYPD officers will be empowered to ‘serve and protect’ all our neighbors.
“We are amazed by the grassroots New Yorkers, who stood united and demanded this legislation in the name of equality in justice and safety for all. The work continues to ensure safer streets and respect for all. We ask all New Yorkers to join together in that mission.”
On Saturday, June 22, 2013, Rockaway residents, community groups and stop and frisk activists from the different boroughs marched from the Edgemere housing buildings on Beach 57th St and Beach Channel Drive to Mott Ave in Far Rockaway, Queens to say no more to racial profiling.