Action Alert
Pass Real Police Reform

City Council members were elected four years ago promising to deliver police reform, but they might end their terms in December without passing legislation that takes on discriminatory and abusive police practices.

The clock is ticking to deliver real police accountability and to make street stops safer for both New Yorkers and police officers. One half of the Right to Know Act can still do that.

Council members should vote in favor of legislation that requires officers to let individuals know about their right to refuse being searched. If there’s no independent legal justification for the search, cops would also have to get proof that an individual consented to the search.

But Council members should reject a watered down, faux-police reform bill that was neutered in a backroom deal that cut advocates out of the process at the last minute.

ACT NOW: Email your council member and ask them to pass REAL police reform.


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Bill de Blasio, Mayor
Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the NYC Council
Andrew Cohen, NYC Council Member
Peter Koo, NYC Council Member
Vanessa Gibson, NYC Council Member
James Vacca, NYC Council ,  New York City Council Member
David G. Greenfield, NYC Council Member
Fernando Cabrera, NYC Council Member
Daniel R Garodnick, NYC Council
Joe Borelli, NYC Council Member
Elizabeth Crowley, NYC Council Member
Steven Matteo, NYC Council Member
Paul Vallone, NYC Council Member
Eric Ulrich, NYC Council Member
Karen Koslowitz, NYC Council ,  New York City Council Member
Chaim M. Deutsch, NYC Council Member
Costa Constantinides, NYC Council Member
Alan Maisel, NYC Council Member
Barry Grodenchik, NYC Council Member
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I urge you to pass Intro 541-C, which requires officers to let individuals know about their right to refuse being searched. If there's no independent legal justification for the search, cops would also have to get proof that an individual consented to the search. This community-supported measure will make policing more accountable.

But I urge you to reject Intro 182-D, which has a huge loophole that swallows the original intent of the law. The new version provides no protection for New Yorkers in the most common interactions with officers, where there is the least transparency and greatest risk of abuse.
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The Council must fulfill its promise to reform discriminatory and abusive police practices. I urge you to pass Intro 541-C and reject 182-D.
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