FEBRUARY 22, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Campaign to end discriminatory policing launches in NYC

UPDATE: Week of action kicks off Sunday, 02/26. ColorOfChange is proud to be part of this coalition.

Tuesday's New York Times highlights the launch of New York City's Communities United for Police Reform, a campaign that seeks to "build a lasting movement that promotes public safety and policing practices based on cooperation and respect– not discriminatory targeting and harassment." The Times article points to the problem:

The Police Department’s use of stop-and-frisks has increased significantly under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Figures released last week showed that police officers stopped and questioned people 684,330 times in 2011, a 14 percent increase over 2010 and a roughly 600 percent increase from a decade ago. As in previous years, the vast majority of those stopped — 87 percent — were Black or Latino.

ColorOfChange members have stood strong against the NYPD targeting Black and Latino youth. More than 5,000 New Yorkers signed our petition to stop racially-targeted marijuana arrests.

Check out the full New York Times article here. And if you're in the NYC area, check out the events the campaign has lined up for next week.