Press Releases & Statements

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Families of New Yorkers Killed by Police to Urge Legislature to Reject Counterproductive Criminal Justice Proposals

Group will express opposition to independent monitor: grand jury reform is inadequate without special prosecutor for police killings  
Families will unite to reiterate their demand for Cuomo to issue executive order for special prosecutor to uphold justice in state

WHAT:          Press conference by families of victims in police killings to urge rejection of inadequate justice reforms, and demand Governor Cuomo issue executive order for special prosecutor

Justice Committee Statement Regarding Police Commissioner Bratton’s Comments on Parenting and Documenting the Police


As a community-based organization that works closely with families of victims of police violence and organizes teams of New Yorkers to legally monitor and document police activity, we find 

Justice Committee Statement on Death of Denis Reyes in NYPD Custody


In response to the death of Denis Reyes on Friday. May 16, the Justice Committee issued this statement from Co-Director Loyda Colon:

The Justice Committee sends heartfelt condolences, strength and love to the family of Denis Reyes. 

We have many questions regarding the NYPD’s treatment of Mr. Reyes after they arrived at his home in response to his mother's call to 911.  Mr. Reyes' mother, Blanca Sierra, was trying to get help for her son.  He needed care and assistance.

Justice Committee Statement on NYPD Attacks on #FreddieGray Solidarity Protesters


The Justice Committee condemns the NYPD’s use of physical violence and inhumane treatment of New Yorkers last night in New York City at the protest held to demand police accountability and justice for Freddie Gray.  Protesters were pushed around, slammed into the ground, pushed over police barricades, and pulled out of peaceful marches and unjustly arrested.

CAAAV Statement to Asian and Asian American Communities on the Murder of Akai Gurley by NYPD Officer Peter Liang


On November 20th, NYPD rookie Officer Peter Liang shot and killed Akai Gurley, an unarmed, Black, 28-year old father, while conducting a vertical patrol in the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York.

We put out this statement to be clear: that the murder of Akai Gurley is a part of the systemic targeting of Black people by the police, and that Officer Liang must be indicted. As a police officer, he is a part of the institutional injustice we see everyday with law enforcement. We demand an indictment of Officer Liang, just as we have with Darren Wilson and Dan Pantaleo.

#11Days of Action: de Blasio, Bratton Now Facing 11 Days of Action on Garner



First Action Today at 4 p.m. in front of 52 Vanderbilt Avenue (between 44th & 45th St, near Grand Central Terminal)

In the Face of Police Brutality, Community Organizations Launch Citywide Series to Teach New Yorkers to Monitor and Document Police Abuse


Today, Bronx community members joined police accountability advocates and organizers to learn how to effectively monitor and document the police – a practice known as “Cop Watch.”  The Bronx training is the first in a citywide series aimed at training New Yorkers in communities that suffer the most abuses at the hand of the NYPD to gather evidence of misconduct and deter abuse.