Equality for Flatbush (E4F)’s Suggestions & Tactics as an Alternative to Calling 911
Created in consultation with Anna Ortega-Williams, Phd, LMSW; Luke Peng-Patterson, LMSW ; and Imani Henry, MSW, MPA of the Radical Social Work Network.
If you are a Flatbush or East Flatbush resident that has been stopped, harassed, detained, or brutalized by the NYPD/ICE or other law enforcement – PLEASE contact us to document the incident and/or obtain legal & political resources
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Stopped in a vehicle in #Brooklyn by the #NYPD ? Equality for Flatbush (E4F) wants to hear from drivers and passengers who have been stopped ! Community residents can fill out online surveys by clicking here or contact call /text (646)820-6039 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Since 2013, Equality for Flatbush has fought the racial profiling and economic harassment dollar van and cab drivers along the Flatbush Avenue, Church Avenue and Utica Avenue routes. E4F has documented drivers receiving tickets as high as $2K by the NYPD . E4F provides a hotline specifically to document NYPD traffic stops as well as legal support. Drivers are asked to take a picture & text your tickets/summons to (646) 820-6039 or email email@example.com
Currently recruiting Flatbush/ East Flatbush residents of color to JOIN the COP WATCH TEAM
Equality for Flatbush is a proud member of the Peoples’ Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability’s East Flatbush Cop Watch Team.
For immediate release: August 31, 2017
Contact: Imani Henry 646 342 9673
Police accountability group “Equality For Flatbush” sues NYPD for records showing the numbers and types of officers and resources deployed for 2016 J’ouvert and Caribbean Parade Weekend
Equality for Flatbush plans to Cop Watch to document potential police harassment during J’ouvert
On August 31st, 2017, the police accountability group Equality for Flatbush (E4F) sued the New York City Police Department in New York State Supreme Court over the NYPD’s refusal to disclose records documenting the number and types of officers and resources deployed for J’ouvert and Caribbean Day Parade events before and during the 2016 Labor Day weekend. In denying E4F’s records access requests made under New York’s Freedom of Information Law in their entirety, the NYPD said that releasing records including the basic number and type information E4F had requested would create “public safety” problems. The NYPD said no more about which problems, or how disclosing the records would create them. The lawsuit challenges the NYPD’s blanket invocation of “public safety” as a justification to withhold the basic information sought by E4F from disclosure entirely. The Petition in the suit includes sample documents routinely disclosed in litigation by the NYPD and the City showing the numbers and types of police resources deployed at other, similar, large-scale events policed by the NYPD. The suit argues that the NYPD can, and should, release similar records to E4F without threatening public safety risks.
Founded in 2013 in response to the increase of police murders in the East Flatbush, E4F documented racial profiling and police harassment during J’ouvert in 2016. Concerned about the further increase in police and security measures during J’ouvert this year, E4F plans to patrol again with support the support of other NYC Cop Watch Alliance teams.
“We are suing so we can better hold the NYPD accountable to our communities. The NYPD is the largest and most militarized police department in the US. There have been at least 5 NYPD-related murders or shootings of East Flatbush and Flatbush residents since 2013, 2 of which just happened in the last 9 months by the same exact cop,” says Imani Henry, Executive Director of E4F. “Crown Heights, Flatbush and East Flatbush residents of color already experience incredible racial profiling and police harassment on a daily basis due to gentrification. The increased police occupation and checkpoints during Caribbean Day weekend just escalate the potential for more police violence and harassment within our neighborhoods.”
“The Trinidadian tradition of J’ouvert was adopted by the predominantly Caribbean communities of Flatbush and Crown Heights. It wasn’t sanctioned by the NYPD, instead, it was an organic, grassroots community expression,” said Albert Saint Jean, NYC Organizer for Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). “This lawsuit is important because how a community chooses to celebrate and express their cultural roots cannot be dictated by the NYPD or any other local authority, this notion contradicts the concept of a Democracy and is the antithesis of what a Sanctuary City is supposed to represent.”
In a statement, the PPA said, “As an organization fighting police brutality and gentrification, People’s Power Assembly NYC sees the massive NYPD presence at J’ouvert and the Caribbean Day Parade as an armed occupation of New York’s Caribbean community. PPA demands that the Caribbean community be able to celebrate its cultural heritage free from NYPD harassment and occupation.”
The Coalition to End Broken Windows also issued a statement: “The Coalition to End Broken Windows stands with Equality for Flatbush in demanding that the NYPD provide answers to the Brooklyn community about its massive police response to J’Ouvert. Raw police power is not the answer to violence and will instead lead to harassment and surveillance for the most basic of behaviors and ‘offenses’ – right in line with Broken Windows theory policing. Ironically, Electric Zoo, a mostly-White music festival in Manhattan will see none of this police aggression.”
The lawsuit was filed by civil rights attorney Gideon Oliver, who stated: “The NYPD has not shown that “public safety” concerns are implicated by – let alone that they should prevent – release of records documenting the numbers and types of police resources deployed in policing last year’s J’ouvert and Caribbean Day Parade. The Department routinely discloses records including such information without implicating or threatening public safety. I am confident that this lawsuit will either lead the Department to reconsider its complete denial of my clients’ records access requests and make voluntary disclosures, or force the Department to release the records.”
The Petition starting the lawsuit can be found here:
Supporting records in the lawsuit can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/
E4F plans to Cop Watch again this year and document any potential police harassment and violence during Jouvert and The Caribbean Day Parade. Residents are asked to contact Equality for Flatbush: E4F at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text (646) 820-6039, if they are stopped, harassed, detained, or brutalized by the NYPD.
E4F's Caribbean Parade Weekend 2017 Police Interaction Survey
Supporting the call for Justice for the families of Kimani Gray, Shantel Davis, Kyam Livingston, Akai Gurley, Delrawn Smalls and others who have endured police terror/murders.
Officer Isaacs shot and killed Delrawn Small in front of his loved ones, including his 4-month-old son and girlfriend on July 4, 2016, one day before Alton Sterling was killed in Louisiana and two days before Philando Castile was killed in Minnesota. Isaacs and initial NYPD accounts claimed that the officer was being physically assaulted, but nearby surveillance video released days later discredited such accounts. The footage showed Isaacs firing his gun immediately from his car, before any contact between the two men, and also shows Isaacs doing nothing to help Delrawn Small as he struggled and fell to the ground after being shot.
This is the first police killing that the New York State Attorney General will prosecute since the office was authorized to investigate such killings of civilians by a 2015 executive order that was won by family members of New Yorkers killed by police over past decades in partnership with Communities United for Police Reform members and partners.
UPDATE on Davonte Pressley’s Legal Case & Urgent Appeal for Funds to pay for his legal defense.
E4F has pledged to raise $7,500 for Davonte’s defense.
#FreeDavonate #BlackLivesMatter #SayHisName #JusticeforDavonte
On October 23rd, 2016, 24 year old Davonte Pressley was shot over 3 times by the NYPD in East Flatbush. Equality for Flatbush created The E4F Rapid Response Legal Fund in part so that community members impacted by police violence would have access to private trusted attorneys.
Amy Rameau, is a renowned activist lawyer who has fought and won on behalf of survivors of police brutality for over 15 years . Along with her years of experience , she also works with many of the top investigative and legal workers in the field.
Although Ms. Rameau has already donated countless hours in the fight to free Davonte, we still need the community’s help to defray the legal costs for the Pressley family . E4F has pledged to raise $7,500 for Davonte’s defense. Davonte ‘s and his family are living through a high profile police brutality case so we need everyone’s help to make sure he has the best legal defense .
Street vendors are the lifeline of Flatbush and East Flatbush by providing unique and vital services that community residents heavily rely on. The vast majority of street vendors are Flatbush and East Flatbush residents who shop and send their children to school within the community. But gentrification has made their lives unbearable with street harassment and heavy ticketing at upwards of $2K by the NYPD. E4F is fighting the current NYC policy that prohibits street vendors to be on Flatbush Ave between Parkside Avenue and Avenue H from 7am-7pm Monday through Saturday. We want the Flatbush Business Improvement District and the NYPD to know that we denounce the economic harassment and racial profiling that is currently happening to street vendors in our neighborhood.
Please Sign & Circulate this Petition to Allow Street Vendors to be on Flatbush Avenue between 7am-7pm Monday through Saturday.
WATCH #Brooklyn #NoSeVende : New Spanish-language documentary short by #EqualityforFlatbush on the fight against economic harassment and racial profiling of the street vendors in #Flatbush and #EastFlatbush