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

Wed, 12/10/2014
Dan Morris / Manny Vaz
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GROWING MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE ESCALATES CAMPAIGN FOR POLICE REFORM AND ACCOUNTABILITY

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

New York, NY— As he was being killed by NYPD police officers, Eric Garner said, “I can’t breathe” eleven times, and now a large coalition of organizations that helped turn #ICantBreathe and #ThisStopsToday into national rallying cries for a growing movement for justice is announcing #11Days of Action: eleven days of actions and events to mobilize New Yorkers to intensify pressure on Mayor de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Bratton, and other officials to implement real police reform and accountability measures.

More details on #11Days of Action will be posted at www.thisstopstoday.org. Organizations involved in planning and executing these actions and events include: Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) members, such as Justice Committee, Make the Road New York, VOCAL-NY, Color of Change, New York Civil Liberties Union, Center for Popular Democracy, Jews for Economic and Racial Justice, New York Communities for Change, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Brooklyn Movement Center, Bronx Defenders, Brotherhood/SisterSol, Picture the Homeless, New York City Anti-Violence Project, Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Peoples Justice and other partners, including: Million Hoodies, Freedom Side and El Puente.

The first action to kick off #11Days of Action will begin at 4 p.m. *today* in front of the Manhattan Institute of 52 Vanderbilt Avenue (between 44th & 45th St, near Grand Central Terminal). For media inquiries specifically about the 4pm action, please contact: Nikita Price: 585-748-0751, nikita [at] picturethehomeless [dot] org.

The actions today will be led by homeless people harmed by discriminatory “broken windows” policing and also include a community conversation of Harlem young people. #11Days of Action will conclude on Saturday December 20 and include a town hall with families that have lost loved ones to NYPD police brutality and violence. Check www.thisstopstoday.org and @ThisStopsToday for updates.

Below are 11 demands to #ChangetheNYPD from organizations involved in #11Days of Action:

On the streets, in community centers and on social media, the following 11 demands will be amplified in the days ahead:

1) Mayor de Blasio should insist on full accountability for all NYPD officers responsible for killing Eric Garner and Akai Gurley and all officers who brutalize New Yorkers.

2) Department of Justice should convene grand juries to federally indict officers responsible for the killing of Eric Garner, as well as other NYC cases such as Ramarley Graham.

3) Governor Cuomo should issue an executive order directing the Office of the Attorney General to serve as special prosecutor in cases involving civilians killed by police officers.

4) Governor Cuomo should veto legislation (S7801/A9853) that would allow New York police unions to make police disciplinary policies subject to contract negotiations.

5) New York City should end the NYPD Commissioner’s exclusive authority over disciplinary decisions for officers in cases of abuse, misconduct, excessive and deadly force.

6) Mayor de Blasio should end broken windows, and other discriminatory and abusive policing practices. This includes enforcement of low-level offenses, discriminatory arrests for violations (non-criminal offenses) and enforcement of possession of small amounts of marijuana; blanket surveillance of Muslim communities; and political activists.

7) Mayor de Blasio should work with the City Council to pass the Right to Know Act to protect New Yorkers’ rights and improve daily interactions between NYPD officers and New Yorkers.

8) Court-ordered stop-and-frisk Monitor Zimroth and Mayor de Blasio should give organizations led by and for communities impacted by discriminatory and abusive policing a formal role in NYPD reform.

9) The Department of Justice should launch an investigation into broken windows policing and the use of force policies and practices of the NYPD.

10) NYPD Inspector General Philip Eure should issue a report on use of deadly and other excessive force, to include review of disciplinary outcomes in these incidents.

11) The NYPD should publish quarterly and annual reports of summons and misdemeanor arrests, as well as use of force, based on race, gender, age, precinct, and other demographic data.