RALLY TO DEMAND PUBLIC HEARINGS ON NYPD GANG POLICING
CITY COUNCIL: WE DEMAND THE PUBLIC BE HEARD!
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7th @ 12PM
WHO: COMMUNITY & LEGAL GROUPS
Under the banner of fighting "gangs", local and federal law enforcement agencies are conducting militarized raids that lead to harsh prosecutions of young people from poor neighborhoods of color – especially in public housing. More than 2,000 people were arrested in dozens of so-called takedowns in just the last year and a half alone, according to the NYPD.
Most of those arrested are vilified through the media before they've even seen a judge and never see trial as they're pressured to take plea deals. Some young people have been swept up in indictments in large part due to the loose gang criteria, designed by police, that imply whomever associated with alleged "gang members" or wear certain colors are involved in a complex criminal syndicate. Police and prosecutors are using social media to build cases and have utilized a secretive gang database that most people will never know that they are on. This is a recipe for wrongful convictions and follows in the footsteps of the era of mass incarceration and fear-mongering hysteria of the 'Super-predator' days.