Witness History: Watch the Passage of the Community Safety Act

Last night, in a historic City Council session, we not only adopted the Fiscal Year 2014 budget (more on that soon!) and overrode a mayoral veto on the Earned Sick Time Act, but we also passed the Community Safety Act with a veto proof majority. In a meeting that extended past 2:00 a.m., legislation that would create an Inspector General for the NYPD and add teeth to the city’s ban on bias-based profiling, passed with the 34 votes needed to override the mayor’s expected veto. Melissa joined lead sponsors Council Members Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander in co-sponsoring both pieces of legislation.

Click here to watch the three-hour video, but feel free to skip ahead to the 44:30 mark to watch one of Melissa’s floor speeches from last night.

These bills came out of a sustained grassroots movement in response to the city’s overzealous stop and frisk policy, and could help make a real difference in combating unjust police practices at a more systemic level.

Melissa Mark-Viverito Community Safety Act

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