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The initiative requires all NYPD officers to identify themselves in every law enforcement related interaction. The initiative requires officers to state the reason for the contact and provide contact information for the civil review board when the contact does not end in arrest. The initiative also provides an exception when an officer is not in uniform and where identification would compromise the immediate safety of the public or officers or would seriously compromise a specific, ongoing law enforcement investigation.
The initiative requires NYPD officers, prior to conducting a search for which an officer must receive consent, to explain to any individual being asked to consent to a search that the search is voluntary and that he or she has the right to refuse the request. The initiative also requires officers to create an audio or written record of the person's consent in every case in which consent to search is given and to create and submit a report based on those records, including the race and ethnicity of the person searched.
This initiative prohibits bias-based profiling by officers, which includes using certain personal factors such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration or citizenship status, socioeconomic status, or other defined characteristics as a basis of suspicion for unlawful activities. The initiative explains the prohibited practice by juxtaposing it with the permitted use of information about the circumstance, relevant to the locality and time frame, that links a person of a certain race, color, ethnicity, etc., to illegal activity. The initiative also authorizes citizens and organizations to file claims of disparate impact or intentional discrimination or against a variety of individuals and agencies.
This initiative establishes an office of the inspector general for the NYPD, which would serve as an independent investigatory unit for police misconduct. The initiative prohibits the Inspector General from being a member of the NYPD and makes the office independent from the mayor's and NYPD commissioner's oversight or review. The initiative requires the Inspector General office review, report and make recommendations for change to the mayor, commissioner, and city council to improve the department's policies, practices, programs, and operations, in addition to coordinating with the citizen review board and the internal affairs bureau on review of misconduct and disciplinary actions.
This fact sheet outlines the constitutional, statutory, and ethical reasons that judges should not solicit or otherwise require defendants to disclose, orally or in writing, their citizenship/immigration status when that status is not a material element of the offense with which they are charged.
This ordinance decreases the penalties for a possession of 15 or fewer grams of marijuana. A person found to have 15 grams or fewer of cannabis will be issued a ticket of $250 for a first offense rather than being arrested. The ticket's amount will increase after each offense. Arrests will still be made under certain circumstances such as smoking in public or possession by a person under the age of seventeen.
The ordinance amends Section 2-84 of the Chicago Municipal Code, which establishes the Chicago Police Board (Board), to, among other things, limit terms on the Board to 10 years during a person's lifetime; authorizes the removal of a Board member by the Mayor for just cause as defined; establishes terms of service for the president and vice president of the Board; requires the secretary to post on the Board website all votes broken down by board member within 10 days of a vote; requires the posting of all findings and decisions, including an explanation of the reasons for such findings and decision, on the Board website; requires that dissenting Board members state the reason for their dissent; requires the secretary to post the reasons for a dissent on the Board website; authorizes the Board to make recommendations to the superintendent of police and to the chairman of the city council committee on public safety concerning revisions in policy and operating procedures; and requires that recommendations be posted on the Board website.
This report contains hundreds of specific policy reforms spanning eight broad areas of local government policy and responsibility: economic development and job creation; infrastructure; municipal revenue; job standards; housing; education; health; and civil rights. In each area, the report first describes the importance of taking action on it and the general goals of progressive policy. Second, the report describes key proven strategies for reaching those goals and identifies several specific steps that cities can take toward their effective implementation within those strategies, citing specific examples in each case.
This model ordinance will ensure the protection of civil rights and liberties through several provisions. It places limits on intelligence collection and surveillance activities and restricts the use of profiling based on a person's race, religion, country of origin, and gender. It requires transparency in the data collection methods of law enforcement and prohibits local officials from enforcing federal immigration programs. In addition, it provides for civil action if a person is subjected to law enforcement activities that are not in accordance with the ordinance.
This act limits the circumstances under which the District of Columbia will comply with a civil detainer request from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to circumstances where the individual is 18 years of age or older and the individual has been convicted of a dangerous crime or a crime of violence either for which they are in custody or for which they have been convicted within 10 years of the detainer request, or for which they were released after having served a sentence within 5 years of the request, whichever is later, with the exception of an individual who has been convicted of homicide, who may be detained regardless of when the conviction occurred. This act provides that the District is only authorized to hold inmates for an additional 24-hour period after they would otherwise be released, and only if there exists a prior written agreement that the federal government will reimburse the District for all costs incurred in complying with ICE detainers. In addition, this act prohibits the District from providing use of its facilities for ICE to perform generalized searches or inquires of inmates, and requires that if an inmate has counsel, that counsel have an opportunity to be present for an ICE interview.