Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 25, 2011, 2:06 p.m. EST by TheTideIsTurning
from San Francisco, CA
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A friend who works for the state asked me to pass this on ...
http://www.nyc.gov/html/ccrb/ - is the Civilian Complaint Review Board. It's important to document instances of police brutality / police misconduct, even if you were just a witness, to the CCRB. Gather all the evidence, witnesses, and victims, and document everything that happened in writing. Important to do this as soon as you can after the incident. Two groups to deal with this are ACLU - http://www.aclu.org/ and SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) - http://www.splcenter.org/ , who have experience in getting federal civil rights charges filed, and also confront the county DAs first because they know their action is required, even if they choose not to.
Complaints should be filed with the CCRB for every incident. In person at 40 Rector St., at any NYPD precinct, by mail or online at the following link:
It would be great to have many copies of the CCRB complaint form on hand to give out to people who were victims and/or witnesses.
The Public Advocate's Office could be helpful too. http://pubadvocate.nyc.gov/
( I'd like to note that I believe police are individuals with different personalities, who chose their work for different reasons. I think that the ones who have kindness in their hearts deserve respect from us, one day they may end up defending us against the real criminals. And the ones who have no respect for life, who look at protestors as sub-human, deserve to be held fully accountable for what they have done and who they have hurt. )