Reforming Police Practices
Despite the landmark 2013 decision by a federal judge in New York condemning the New York Police Department’s misuse of stop-and-frisk, it remains a popular tactic for surveillance and control in cities of all sizes. The policies and actions of the police are instrumental in deciding who gets stopped, searched, arrested, and funneled into the criminal justice system; indeed, the United States’ overincarceration crisis begins at the front end of the system. Meanwhile, often under the guise of our failed drug war, abuse of civil asset forfeiture is rampant, while federal grant programs enable the increasing militarization of local police departments.
CLRP relies on various strategies to challenge a broad range of unjust police practices. In some instances, we work with law enforcement to develop reforms at the departmental level, using data on deployment, stop, search, and arrest disparities to press for change. We also pursue litigation against departments enforcing unconstitutional and counterproductive policies and tactics that harm the communities the police are responsible for protecting. Ultimately, our efforts are intended to address the longstanding adversarial relationship between police and communities and to help create police departments that work collaboratively and democratically with all of the communities they serve, increasing transparency, accountability, fairness, and public safety.
- CaseJuly 16, 2019
- Press ReleaseJune 28, 2019
Coalition Letter thanking Members of Congress for adopting Walberg Amendment #13, the Civil Forfeiture Amendment to H.R. 3055LetterJune 21, 2019
- LetterJune 21, 2019
- Press ReleaseJune 13, 2019
- LetterJune 6, 2019
- Blog Post - Speak FreelyApril 9, 2018
- Blog Post - Speak FreelyOctober 12, 2018
- CaseJuly 16, 2019
Stop and Frisks Plummeted Under New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, but Racial Disparities Haven’t BudgedBlog Post - Speak FreelyMarch 14, 2019
- Blog Post - Speak FreelyMay 10, 2018