On March 24, activists and elected officials congregated within City Hall Park where they rallied for more police accountability using the Community Power Act.
New York City Councilmember Inez Barron met with several demonstrators near the Jacob Wrey Mould Fountain in City Hall Park to announce the Community Power Act, a bill that will establish the first-ever NYC Campaign for an Elected Civilian Review Board (ECRB). This initiative is said to create an unbiased and independent sector that could discipline NYPD officers and provide justice for communities that have been unfairly treated. According to Barron and other attendees, the current Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) does not provide accountability for NYPD’s transgressions.
“We have not had the independence, the impartiality nor the thoroughness which is necessary for police officers to be held accountable for their misconduct and for the lives of that they have taken,” Barron said.