The Arab American Association of New continues to work towards greater police accountability and endorsed a conference on September 6th with Communities United for Police Reform. CUPR works to push for legislation to reduce the number of police encounters between police and residents that are based on profiling and discrimination. On Tuesday, a conference was spearheaded by the mother of Eric Garner, Gwen Carr, members of the City Council, and Communities United for Police reform. AAANY endorses this movement because we believe this effort that will ensure more transparency of police practices on communities of color and provide a mechanism for communities to evaluate police disciplinary systems in order to create a healthy relationship of critique and reform between community organizations and the police department.
Two years after the death of Eric Garner, office Daniel Pantaleo continues to be employed by the NYPD after clearly choking a man on video. The de Blasio administration has been fighting the release of Officer Daniel Pantaleo's Civilian Complaint Review Board history, against a challenge by the Legal Aid Society under the Freedom of Information Law.
AAANY supports the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for a summary of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) substantiated complaints against NYPD Officer Pantaleo. We stand by the call to fire Pantaleo immediately.