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

Mon, 09/29/2014
Aidge Patterson
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Groups call on all New Yorkers to “Cop Watch” and offer guidelines for how to do it as safely and effectively as possible.

WHAT:
Citywide Series of Cop Watch Trainings
- Bronx Training: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:30-8:30pm, 360 East 161st St., South Bronx
- Manhattan Training: Monday Oct. 6, 6:30-8:30pm, 55 Hester Street Storefront, Lower Manhattan
- Queens Training: Wednesday Oct. 15, 6:30-8:30pm, 72-18 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, Queens
- Staten Island Training: Date and location TBA
- Brooklyn Training: Thursday, Nov. 30, 7-9pm. 141 Rogers Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn. **Brooklyn training is Not open to press

WHO:
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, Justice Committee and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

WHY: 
On July 17, 2014 NYPD officers put Eric Garner in a chokehold and killed him  in Staten Island.  In the same month a NYPD officer put Ronald Johns in a chokehold in East Harlem and another used the same tactic in Brooklyn on Rosan Miller, who was 7 months pregnant at the time. Earlier this year, NYPD officers slammed Alejandro Rodriquez into a gate in Queens and then began punching him. Last month multiple officers took turns beating Santiago Hernandez in the Bronx. These are just a few examples of violence perpetrated by NYPD officers against members of low-income communities of color throughout the five boroughs. We know about these cases because there is video evidence, taken by brave, everyday New Yorkers. In the face of on-going police brutality, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, Justice Committee and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement are calling on all New Yorkers to engage in “Cop Watch” – the practice of monitoring and documenting police activity to document and deter abuse – and launching a citywide series of trainings to teach people to do so as safely and effectively as possible. These groups say Cop Watching helps document and expose police misconduct and violence and can deter abuse.