NYLPI v. NYPD: Police Must Release Body Cam Footage of Fatal Shooting of Individual during Mental Health Crisis

Criminal Justice, Disability Justice, Health Justice, NYLPI v. NYPD, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

Three New York Police Department vehicles parked in front of a building

NYLPI’s efforts to reform the City’s inappropriate response to mental health crises have been pivotal in exposing police violence in our communities. In our commitment for complete transparency and accountability, we launched a series of legal challenges pushing for the NYPD to release body-worn camera footage of fatal interactions with community members.

Director of Disability Justice Ruth Lowenkron and Senior Staff Attorney with the Disability Justice Program and Health Justice Program Marinda van Dalen reiterate the need for major transformations, by removing the police as first responders to individuals experiencing mental health crises.

This country and our city needs fundamental change. It is time for a realignment in our City’s budget priorities. We need to divest funding from the NYPD and Corrections budget to invest in underfunded community programs, services, and infrastructure that will directly benefit impacted and marginalized communities.

You can read the decision below.


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