Council Member Williams has been at the forefront of advocating for police reform in New York City for the past several years. In 2012, Council Member Williams and Council Member Brad Lander introduced the Community Safety Act, a landmark legislative package aimed at ending discriminatory policing and bringing accountability to the NYPD.
In 2016, Council Member Williams introduced the Right to Record Act. The bill reaffirms a person’s constitutional right to record police activity and provides a local cause of action in the event their right to record is interfered with by police.
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City Councilmembers Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) will introduce a bill that will codify the right to videotape and make it easier for people to sue cops if that right is denied.
During the two hours of discussing and voting, supporters described the measures, collectively known as the Community Safety Act, as intended to increase trust in the Police Department. “No one on this floor is anti-N.Y.P.D.,” said Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, a Brooklyn Democrat who was a co-sponsor of the legislation. “We are antipolicies that are not working.”