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ENDING OVERPOLICING AND
REFUNDING COMMUNITIES

Every single day, an unaccountable police force and a system of incarceration criminalizes and destabilizes communities of color. For our city to be just and fair, the carceral status quo cannot be allowed to continue and we must reimagine every single part of the criminal justice system.

 

As a City Council Member, I will fight for a future free of incarceration and over-policing by:
 

  • Removing the police from our schools. Any situation in a school can be handled by a nonpolice resource officer, and the presence of uniformed police officers can lead to serious consequences like suspensions, expulsions, and arrests, particularly for students of color and those with developmental disabilities.

  • Ending the school-to-prison pipeline by bringing more social workers and mental health professionals into schools, increasing college preparatory coursework, improving teacher to student ratio, and increasing the use of alternative discipline practices.

  • Cutting the NYPD’s budget by at least $1.5 billion and redirecting the money to the communities that have been harassed and overpoliced and to essential social services, including housing support and rental relief, food assistance, and health care.

  • Instituting a hiring freeze NYPD and reducing the size of the force to appropriately reflect the needs of each community.

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  • Reducing the need for armed policing by instead responding to situations like noise complaints and mental health crises with nonviolence. The need for policing can be further reduced by investing in mental health services, restorative justice programs, and community-based programs focused on gang prevention and intervention. 

  • Ending incarceration for nonviolent offenses and vagrancy crimes. 

  • Passing a “duty to intervene” law requiring the police to intervene if they see another officer harming or risking a member of the public, with the failure to intervene being a fireable and criminal offense.

  • Closing Rikers and not building new borough-based jails, ending most pre-trial incarceration except as a last resort, and ending cash bail.

  • Banning the use of facial recognition software, partnerships, and data sharing with private surveillance companies, and predictive policing algorithms. 

  • Empowering, electing, and providing more resources to the Civilian Complaint Review Board so that it can hold the police accountable.

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