Updated: Apr 10, 2019
In response to the announcement that NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton will resign and Chief of Department James O’Neill will succeed him, Justice Committee issued the following statement from Co-Director Loyda Colon:
As Police Commissioner under both Mayors Giuliani and de Blasio Bratton's leadership of the NYPD led to daily abuse of people of color, low-income and poor New Yorkers, the homeless, LGBT New Yorkers, immigrants and other vulnerable communities in our City.
We’re glad to see him go, but it’s important that we do not mistake his resignation for the systemic change that’s necessary to protect our communities from police abuse. We have a Mayor who supports Broken Windows policing and turns his back on New York families who have lost loved ones to the police. We have a City Council Speaker who makes backroom deals with the NYPD, selling out New Yorkers for her own political gain. We have a new Commissioner who is primed to continue Bratton’s legacy. We have a police department, criminal justice system and administration that refuse to hold officers who kill and brutalize New Yorkers accountable, allowing and encouraging the violence to continue.
We must continue to up the ante and build our movement. We must continue to Cop Watch, organize and unite to achieve the systemic transformation necessary to end police violence and ensure the safety and health of our communities.