Heroes of NYPD Reform
- New York City 08/26/2013 by Linda Perry Barr (WBAI News)
The City Council convened to override Mayor Mike Bloomberg's vetoes of the Community Safety Act Bills on August 22, 2013. The bills originally passed in the wee hours of the morning on June 27, 2013.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg criticized supporters of the bills and vetoed them. But the City Council and advocates for police reform were unmoved. The bill to create an Office of Inspector General, Intro 1079, passed 39-15. The bill against profiling for all New Yorkers, Intro 1080. passed 34-15. The group of 34 made history.
This mini-doc broadcast over WBAI features the voices of some of those involved in the historic passage of the bills. Here are New York City Council Members Jumaane Williams, Melissa Mark Viverito, Charles Barron, Julissa Ferreras, Fernando Cabrera, Ydanis Rodriguez, Chris Quinn, Brad Landers, Albert Vann, Donovan Richards and Jimmy Van Bramer. Also featured are the NAACP's Ben Jealous, 32 BJ SEIU's Héctor Figueroa and NYCLU's Donna Lieberman.
A Note from Linda Perry
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Advocates for Police Reform, City Hall