NYC Council, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, pass the #RightToKnowAct (PHOTOS).

Thursday, October 12, 2017. New York City – Hundreds of people gathered yesterday, Wednesday, October 11, in NYC to demand that the NYC Council and NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, pass the Right To Know Act.

According to Communities United for Police Reform, “The Right To Know Act is a legislative package that aims to protect the civil and human rights of New Yorkers while promoting communication, transparency and accountability in everyday interactions between the NYPD and the public. New Yorkers want to live in a safe city where the police treat all residents with dignity and respect, and where police are not considered to be above the law.

The Right To Know Act consists of two bills (Int. 182B & Int. 541A) that are endorsed by 200+ organizations, have majority support in the NYC Council and are awaiting a vote.

Requiring NYPD officers to identify themselves to the public and explain the reason for the interaction (Intro 182).
New Yorkers should have the right to know the identity of police officers that interact with them, and the reason for law enforcement activity that prompts those interactions.

Protecting New Yorkers against unconstitutional searches (Intro 541).
New Yorkers should have the right to know that under the US constitution, searches without any legal basis (such as probable cause or a warrant) do not have to be agreed to, and they should have the assurance that this right will be respected and upheld by police.”

Click here to learn more about the Right To Know Act.

25/6/2017 Manhattan, Nueva York - Marcha del Orgullo LGBTQ 2017. "Pass The Right To Know Act." "Aprueben La Ley Del Derecho de Saber." Foto por Javier Soriano/
6/25/2017 Manhattan, NYC – Pride March 2017.
“Pass The Right To Know Act.”
Photo by Javier Soriano/

“These crucial policies would help end abusive policing in the most common encounters that New Yorkers have with police by requiring officers to identify themselves, explain why they’re stopping you and informing you when you have the right not to consent to a search. But action to make the #RightToKnowAct law continues to be delayed, all while New Yorkers continue to be abused, brutalized, improperly searched, and even killed by police.

There’s less than 3 months left in the session. It’s time for the New York City Council to demonstrate their commitment to police accountability and pass the Right To Know Act into law.”


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