Mayor announces plan to fulfill pledge to Obama Foundation to reform policing

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City’s plan to fulfill The Obama Foundation pledge to address use of force in policing.

News 12 Staff

Aug 31, 2020, 2:00 PM

Updated 1,364 days ago

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City’s plan to fulfill the Obama Foundation pledge to address use of force in policing.
Former President Barack Obama called on mayors across the country in June to commit to action and reform the use of force within their departments.
Mayor de Blasio committed to action when it comes to police reform by taking the mayor's pledge from the Obama Foundation.
He and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea released the draft of the disciplinary matrix Monday.
The mayor says, "It's a big step forward for transparency and accountability, user friendly data that will help allow a clear understanding of how we are approaching discipline."
Commissioner Shea adds, "The NYPD has a strong discipline system, not perfect, but its strong and we do a lot of things well. What we did not do well was tell others what we do and that transparency aspect is behind a lot of what we are doing."
The 48-page draft includes the goals of the discipline system, along with definitions of different uses of force and the penalties when they are used.
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams says he's glad the mayor took this step.
"It is very welcomed, what we are seeing from this report, I wish it had come a year prior," he says.
Williams also says he doesn't understand why there isn't more deep digging.
"Why we haven't looked at what actually makes a community safe and law enforcements role in that - that's a discussion we missed, sadly," he says.
The Police Benevolent Association says in part, "This matrix has nothing to do with fairness. It's an avenue for the City Council's policing 'experts' – the ones who brought chaos back to NYC – to manipulate NYPD discipline to further their radical political goals."
The matrix draft will posted online for 30 days, where residents can submit their thoughts and concerns on the new policies.


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