AAANY SUpports Right to KNow Act 

On Monday, June 30, 2015, our Youth Lead Organizer, Aber Kawas and our partners from Communities United for Police Reform testified in front of the New York City Council at a hearing on a package of proposed police reforms. Two of the bills known as the Right to Know Act propose that police officers should be required to identify themselves to members of the public, to present legal proof of a necessary search, and to acquire voluntary and legal consent to search from civilians. Some of the other reforms include making the use of chokeholds illegal and requiring the NYPD to submit a quarterly report on its use of legal force. This legislative package of reforms that aims to prevent discriminatory and abusive policing as well as improving communication and accountability between the NYPD and New Yorkers. As the voice of the Arab American community in Brooklyn and an advocate for police reform, AAANY is proud to support efforts to reform the NYPD’s overly aggressive conduct targeting communities of color.

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