LAS Blasts Mayor's Police Reform Plan As a Missed Opportunity
The Legal Aid Society and criminal justice reform advocates across the city are taking aim at the plan put forward by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, charging that it doesn’t go far enough to reform the NYPD, as reported by AMNY.
The Council acknowledged that the reform bill was far from perfect, blaming an April 1st deadline requiring all localities in New York to pass a police reform plan lest they risk losing state funding in the new budget.
“Mayor de Blasio had a genuine opportunity to implement urgently needed policing reforms. He failed to do that and instead produced a plan that at best glosses over the deeply rooted systemic problems within the NYPD that plague the New Yorkers we serve,” said Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Legal Aid Society.
“We need to move beyond this failed process, listen to the demands of impacted communities for investment in non-police resources for improving public safety, and acknowledge that true change cannot be built on ‘reforms’ that entirely fail to address the underlying and long-standing problems.”