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General News    H3'ed 9/28/12

New Yorkers fight back against NYPD fascism with a rally for The Community Safety Act

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Hundreds of New Yorkers from all walks of life, young, old, black, white it didn't matter, descended on city hall to tell the Mayor they weren't going to put up with NYPD's discriminatory practices any more.

Groups began gathering in front of city Hall at 10:30 am, as the crowd reached capacity an hour later people began chanting things such as, "housing not jails."

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They had come from all over the city and even from as far away as western Pennsylvania to demand justice and accountability for NYPD. Stop and Frisk has infected other cities outside of the big apple such as, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh despite the fact that statistics show that communities can be made safe without these fascist and xenophobic policies.

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"I'm tired of letting the police, police themselves, this is not a black and brown problem it's a problem for all communities," Said Vincent Warren Executive Director of Center for Constitutional Rights.     

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"Our communities are standing up to reject discriminatory policing like stop and frisk abuses, surveillance of Muslim communities, and the lack of police accountability that have continued for far too long. The Community Safety Act represents reforms our city's police department needs, and the city council must pass these bills," said Yul-san Liem a spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform.

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The rally was organized after community members met with city council, to let them know how the current policing policies and the lack of oversight are affecting their communities. Dozens of groups participated in the rally calling for an end to discriminator police practices and to hold police accountable for their actions.

Parts of the bill are a reaffirmation of the Bill of Rights protecting New Yorkers from illegal searches, which those subject to the stop and frisk often endure.

These illegal searches have in large part contributed to the explosion of youth going to prison for petty nonviolent drug offenses.


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"Today, we join together as brothers and sisters in this struggle to tell NYPD and the Mayor's office all New Yorkers deserve to live free," Said Stuart Appelbaum President of the Retail, Wholesale and department Store Union.

According to the departments own records, the number of people stopped in New York went from about 97,000 a year, before Mayor Bloomberg took office, up to 685,724 in 2011, 90% of them being neither arrested nor cited for any violation.

"We know from NYPD data, that they target black and brown teens and LGBTQ, I'm tired of my body, my sexual orientation being policed by NYPD," Said Mitchel Laurel.

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