The Safety Beyond Policing campaign is comprised of New Yorkers who do not want NYC to invest in hiring more police officers. Safer and healthier neighborhoods are strengthened by addressing poverty. This can only happen by truly investing into these communities--not throwing cops at the problem. We are motivated by love, justice and dignity.
that means #NoNewNYPD.
Campaign Partners: Black Lives Matter NY, Coalition to End Broken Windows, Million Hoodies, El Grito de Sunset Park, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Parents Against Police Brutality, Queens Neighborhoods United, Justice for Akai Gurley, Brite Leadership Coalition, East NY Concerned Citizens, Busk NY, ANSWER Coalition, Cop Watch Patrol Unit, Stop NYPD Spying, Mothers Cry for Justice, Bronxites for Police Accountability, Families for Freedom, Police Reform Organizing Project, and BYP 100.
Adding more cops to a militarized department based in racist Broken Windows policing will only add more fuel to the fire. The NYPD is by far the largest police force in America. It also has one of the highest national police to citizen ratios. Increasing an already massive police force does not make us safer and only guarantees even more Broken Windows-based policing by cops operating more and more like counter-terrorism troops.
What does 'public safety' mean? According to a PROP study the NYPD already costs us $1 Million a day from low-level arrests. The (known) NYPD budget has grown to over $4.7 Billion for FY 2015. We need to talk about community safety in a nuanced way that acknowledges how law enforcement is actually seen by our communities.
We don’t need more cops. We want strong communities.
Communities of color are being systematically over-policed while also being displaced by rising rent and gentrification. We must repair the damage of mass criminalization and help people return to their communities instead of squandering resources. Resources that help our communities thrive, lift our social net and also lower core drivers of crime are key and we demand the City Council invest the $97 million annual dollars proposed for 1,000 new cops instead towards those solutions instead. Our taxpayer dollars should be invested in some of the following examples:
Rikers Island Prison holds as many people with mental health needs as all the psychiatric hospitals in New York State.
20-25% of homeless single adults have severe or persistent mental health needs.
Mental health supports successfully address violence, drug use, and depression.
NYPD funds could hire over 2000 social workers or over 2000 special education teachers.
100,000 New Yorkers are arrested for not paying fares annually.
24,000 misdemeanor fare-evasion arrests in the subway in 2013 cost $42 million.
Funds could provide 62,500 low-income New Yorkers with free train and bus access.
Public transportation helps working class communities maintain distant jobs.
Youth Jobs Programming
New York’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) only employs 22% of its 132,593 applicants.
A Chicago jobs program employed students at a cost of only $3,000 per student.
Chicago program resulted in a 51% drop in violent crime arrests.
Social benefits of reduced crime were estimated at $1,700 per student.
A similar NYC program using police funding could potentially employ 310,000 youth.
Funds could increase resident associations by $281,437 in all 334 NYCHA buildings.
Educational programming and workforce development for adults and youth.
Support resident watch programs with appropriate cameras and lighting.
SAFETY BEYOND POLICING STATEMENT - JULY 15, 2015
Dear Beloved Community,
Thank you for being a part of the Safety Beyond Policing #NoNewNYPD Campaign. Let’s remain committed and inspired to tell the world how our own communities define safety, which has nothing to do with policing, but rather with a stronger safety net and community investment after a history of disinvestment that has produced decades of racial disparities. Let’s continue to be motivated by love, justice and dignity. Even while the New York City Council including people who portrayed themselves as “progressive,” decided to champion funding not just 1,000 new police, but 1,300 new police – we can be proud that our communities came together in resistance and made space for this important conversation. We have shown integrity and honor – to our elders and ancestors, our communities, children and ourselves. We told the truth to and about Bill de Blasio, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the “Progressive Caucus” – all supporters of Chief Bill Bratton, the architect who first implemented the racist, morally bankrupt broken windows theory. We asked them to show and prove – and we have been shown when they talk about the movement for Black lives, they twist our words, demonize protestors, go on PR offensives and fail to deliver racial equity.
New Yorkers, Black and Brown, poor and working class, native and immigrant – have been the heart of this campaign. As the summer days wear on, our day-to-day concerns linger. This summer Black children and young people throughout the boroughs are deemed suspicious by cops for hanging out on their stoops, sidewalks or small yards on hot summer days. Heavy surveillance and occupation continues under the guise of what politicians and the NYPD deceitfully label “community policing.” Hanging out very publicly, visibly, unapologetically – is how Black and brown people live New York summers. While white and middle class gentrifiers enjoy outdoor cafes and rooftops, many of us don’t have options for back yards, front yards, rooftops, or even air conditioning. Politicians blatantly ignore the political will of Black and brown poor people in New York, and at the same time, they target us with increased policing.
A few million here and there have been allocated to some summer jobs and safety net issues – but nothing in the realm of the $170 million received by the NYPD. It is truly disgraceful. We will hold politicians and police officers accountable and join our brothers and sisters in calling for demilitarization and disarmament of the NYPD.
We will continue taking the truth to the people and will build support with our friends, neighbors, families and loved ones. We will resist. Community policing has killed Black women, children, men, trans women, homeless people -- we have no reason to put faith in the NYPD, we put our faith in our people. Our grief over so much loss of life will fuel us. We will organize because we have no other choice. We will remain because this is our City. We will call out white supremacy and liberalism in the North - it is the same virulent type that kills us in the Southern US and in the global South.
“COMMUNITY POLICING” IS A EUPHEMISM FOR MORE SURVEILLANCE
“Community Policing” is a euphemism for more surveillance; it does not guarantee our safety. Broken windows policing keeps immigrant New Yorkers in terror of law enforcement due to fear that any interaction with local police will lead to summonses, unaffordable fines, jail, or immigration detention. As a result, people are less likely to assert their rights when mistakenly stopped, harassed or racially profiled by police or when reporting police crimes or cooperating as witnesses, making it harder to ensure community safety.
NYPD IS THE 7TH LARGEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD
The NYPD is the 7th largest military in the world, it does not need 1K new cops. There is a national dialogue underway about de-militarizing the police. City officials must not play into the agenda of a militarized NYPD ahead of the community’s needs. We believe in holding people, organizations and elected officials accountable to our needs. Chief Bratton recently made the case for more cops with Pat Lynch asking for over 6,000 more boots on the ground. Bratton also said it would be “very helpful” if the state upped the penalty for resisting arrest (often a charge used to cover instances of brutality) to a class A felony. Protesting is a first amendment right and should not be criminalized.
You have seen it every morning, and every evening: In the train station, someone looks at you as you push past the turnstile hoping you realize they need a swipe; when you miss them and they jump the turnstile they are quickly ticketed or arrested.
Even though Commissioner Bratton, is resigning he leaves behind Broken Windows policing which has made fare beating the number one arrest category in NYC. Join us as we demand an end to the trauma of Broken Windows policing. Under Broken Windows there have been 30,000 fare beating arrests a year with 92% of them being people of color. These arrests for a $2.75 swipe cost the city over $50 million a year. Meanwhile $50 million is more than enough to cover year round access to public transportation for the 30,000 people the city would rather arrest.
We want more. The Safety Beyond Policing campaign along with a citywide network of activists are joining community members to demand more. We know the impact of Broken Windows fare beating arrests is not just the $1,750 it costs to arrest someone but the immeasurable collective trauma of over 150,000 potentially lethal police interactions a year, once we include ticketing. Instead of feeding our people into jails that break our bodies and feed on our spirits, we should use our tax dollars to provide access to public transportation.
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