FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 20, 2016
FILIPINO AMERICAN DEMOCRATS DEMAND NYC COUNCIL PASS NYPD REFORM PACKAGE TO BUILD MUTUAL TRUST & ACCOUNTABILITY BETWEEN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND POLICE
Organization blasts backroom deal made between NYC Council Speaker & NYPD Commissioner
NEW YORK — Aries Dela Cruz, president of Filipino American Democratic Club of New York issued the following statement on behalf of the organization: “The Filipino American Democratic Club of New York mourns the deaths of Delrawn Small in Brooklyn, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and Philando Castile in Minnesota at the hands of police officers who were sworn to protect the rights and safety of the public.
Today, our Club officially joins the call by Communities United for Police Reform, a diverse and broad coalition of over 100 organizations to demand that the New York City Council pass a legislative package of police reforms known as the Right to Know Act. Time has run out for our city to act decisively to deal with the NYPD’s culture of impunity and abusive policing.
While New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has written that ‘We need to change the interactions between police and communities they serve. The killings this week join a list that has been growing for decades — and they demonstrate once again the importance and urgency of reform,’ our Council Speaker refuses to move the Right to Know Act to the floor for a vote and has instead made a backroom deal with the NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to allow for administrative reforms that can be reneged upon in the future.
Speaker Mark-Viverito’s inaction means that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in general and Filipino Americans in particular can find themselves subjected to abusive or disrespectful behavior from police officers when we ask police to identify themselves. In addition, New Yorkers may also not be aware that they have a right to refuse an unlawful search by the police.
Our police have an obligation to protect our safety and civil rights at the same time. Filipino Americans believe these common sense laws will go a long way towards more transparency and accountability. These reforms bring us closer to ending profiling, brutality, and harassment in the ranks of the NYPD, increases the protection of vulnerable communities of color, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and puts our communities on a path towards more mutual trust and accountability in our police.
Next year, the Filipino American Democratic Club of New York will demand that candidates for Mayor and City Council who want our community’s support take a position on these common sense reforms to the NYPD.”
The Filipino American Democratic Club of New York is a political club that organizes and leads the Filipino American electorate in New York City and New York State. We are dedicated to advancing Filipino American and Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues and priorities among elected officials and candidates for public office.
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