By LOUIS FLORES
An autonomous group of police reform protesters, who held a demonstration in New York City on New Year's Eve, distributed a flyer, listing their demands for reform of the New York Police Department. Their list of demands joins others issued by still yet other groups.
- Activists loosely organised around the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter released their demands in the form of a flyer during their New Year's Eve demonstration in Manhattan. Amongst their demands : a new, permanent body with both investigatory and prosecutorial powers over cases of crimes committed by police officers.
- Another group, the @NYJusticeLeague, had previously released their own list of demands. Notable about their approach, the Justice League NYC group seems to want to work within the existing legal framework by asking for a special prosecutor to be appointed by the state of New York to deal with "all criminal cases involving the use of force."
- Another coalition, organising under the Twitter hashtag #ThisStopsToday, issued their own demands for police reform. This coalition is anchored by an existing coalition, Communities United for Police Reform, or CPR. CPR has close political ties to the de Blasio administration, and the #ThisStopsToday demands appear to be competing against the @NYJusticeLeague's demands. Some of the demands by #ThisStopsToday are granular to the point of speaking to specific, proposed municipal legislation before the New York City Council.
- A group of grassroots police reform activists, New Yorkers Against Bratton, has posted its own partial list of demands on the Interent. Remarkably, New Yorkers Against Bratton is the sole group to officially demand in its public list of demands the resignation of NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, who is the NYPD's chief defender of its discriminatory policing tactics.
- Another coalition, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, organised a controversial December 23 protest, which eventually marched through Midtown Manhattan and up into Harlem. That demonstration had been scheduled before Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) asked for a moratorium on protests. This coalition has apparently not released a list of demands. However, amongst the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition's protest signs carried on the evening of the December 23 protest bore messages calling for Commissioner Bratton to be fired.
On the subject of the NYPD's neoconservative and discriminatory "Broken Windows" policing tactics, the #BlackLivesMatter protest group's list of demands is silent. The Justice League NYC's list of demands calls for an end to Broken Windows policing, as does the list of demands by New Yorkers Against Bratton. Finally, the group with the closest ties to City Hall, the #ThisStopsToday coalition, merely calls for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Broken Windows policing.
A request was made to the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition about the demands it is making, and any information received will appear in a future update.