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Jen Nessel, Center for Constitutional Rights, (212) 614-6449, jnessel@ccrjustice.org

Praise for AG’s New Lawsuit Against NYPD Over BLM Protests

Case highlights disparity in police treatment of racial justice protesters and white supremacists.

WASHINGTON - In response to today’s announcement that New York Attorney General Letitia James will file a case against the NYPD for rampant police violence against New  Yorkers, Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director Vince Warren issued the following statement:

"This past summer, the NYPD responded to protests against persistent, systemic, murderous police violence against Black people with more violence: beatings, kettling, attacks with vehicles, and mass arrests. By contrast, last week we watched as white nationalists who staged an insurrection against the U.S. government were treated with kid gloves. The Attorney General’s case against the NYPD could not come at a more important time."

The Center for Constitutional Rights filed the landmark stop-and-frisk lawsuit against the NYPD, Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, and continues to work with allies and co-counsel to hold the NYPD accountable for racially discriminatory policing.

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