More than a dozen members of Nassau police reform advisory panel resign

The group says they feel Nassau County and the police department have not taken their recommendations seriously.

News 12 Staff

Jan 13, 2021, 12:11 AM

Updated 1,195 days ago

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More than a dozen members of a Nassau County community police reform advisory panel have resigned, saying they feel Nassau County and the police department have not taken their recommendations seriously.
The panels, CCT and PACT, started working with police over the summer following the protests and outcry after George Floyd's death.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June issued an executive order requesting each police agency in the state to submit proof they have modernized their policing strategies.
Back in October, CCT founder Fred Brewington raised a red flag about traffic stop data that he says was misleading. But the breaking point for him and others came when they felt "betrayed" and "used" because the Nassau County Police Department released its 310-page police reform plan before they could review it. They also say their recommendations were not included.
"At every meeting there's been restrictions and limitations on what the topics were," says Kiana Abbady. "That reform is not reform, it's actually advocating for putting more police and more police run programs in Black and Brown communities, that's the exact opposite of what we want to do right now."
The panel members who have resigned say they will continue to work and will soon send "the people's plan," directly to the governor's office, which will include their recommendations, including a civilian complaint review board.
In a statement, Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said, "I am sorry to hear that there are individuals stepping down from the PACT and CCT. This is not a completed plan and continues to be a working document. I look forward to reviewing those comments, including the people's plan."
Ryder also said there had been more than 120 meetings where they have taken input from the community.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran commented on the resignations as well, saying the report is just a draft.
"I look forward to any and all input, the draft, it's sort of a bullet-pointed, very rough draft of how we're going to fulfill that executive order," says Curran.
Leg. Steve Rhoads, chair of the county's Minority Affairs Committee, released a statement, saying, "Effective reform on such an important topic is not possible without meaningful public participation so that all feel invested in the success of the outcome. As has become a common theme in this administration, we are seeing the unfortunate result of a county executive failing to make transparency and input a priority in her administration."


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