|NYPD Officers destroy Know Your Rights Billboard Posters|
Police Break the Law: NYPD Officers Destroy Know Your Rights Billboard Posters
Recently, New Yorkers witnessed New York Police Department officers tearing down one of several billboard posters legally mounted by Peoples’ Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability (Peoples’ Justice or PJ). Peoples' Justice is a city-wide coalition of grassroots organizations working to end police violence in New York City. The coalition has been purchasing billboard space for posters that provide information about New Yorkers' rights when dealing with NYPD officers in low-income communities of color since mid-2009 as part of its Public Art and Advertising Campaign. Support for this campaign is provided by Center for Constitutional Rights through a grant from the Ford Foundation.
There are currently Peoples’ Justice billboard posters in Hunts Point, Fordham, Pelham, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, and West Queens. These neighborhoods are continuously subjected to over-policing and violent policing practices, which disproportionately impact people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, low-income and poor people, youth and the homeless. Community members are harassed, beaten, and illegally stopped, questioned, frisked, searched and arrested -- usually with little or knowledge of their legal rights when interacting with police officers. PJ billboard posters serve to educate and empower resident of these communities. For more information about neighborhoods targeted by the Stop, Question, Frisk policing, visit the New York Times interactive map.
We will not be silenced! We hope you will contact us and join the struggle to end police harassment and brutality.
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