Senator Parker Remembers Civil Rights and Media Legend Percy Sutton “The passing of Mr. Percy Sutton is a tragic loss for our nation. Not only have we lost one of the great icons of American Politics, but we have also lost a man who dedicated his life to ensure that everyone is afforded the same rights and opportunities.” “Percy Sutton inspired millions of African Americans all over the world and fought with great courage for many righteous causes.
I commend the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s decision today in Awad v. Ziriax to affirm the preliminary injunction against the Oklahoma “Save our State” Constitutional Amendment banning courts from applying Islamic and international law. Today there is a movement that seeks to ostracize and discriminate fellow Americans on the basis of their religion, Islam. As we mark Rev. Martin Luther King birthday next week, we must continue his mission of seeking equality for all, irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, or creed.
(Albany, NY) Senator Kevin Parker and Assemblyman Karim Camara have introduced legislation that establishes an independent inspector general for the New York City Police Department. In recent years we have witnessed serious abuses by the NYPD, whether for racially and religious discriminatory policies such as stop and frisk, the wholesale surveillance of the Muslim community in New York City and other jurisdictions, and the mistreatment of the Occupy Wall St. protesters. In some of these situations the public was given misinformation and even deliberately misled.
(Brooklyn, NY) “Today, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin concluded that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s Stop-and-Frisk program has violated the Fourth and 14th Amendment constitutional rights of potentially millions of Blacks and Latinos in New York City.
(Brooklyn, NY) – Today, State Senator Kevin Parker stood in solidarity with Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (www.ccitnyc.org) – a coalition of 50 behavioral health providers and concerned citizens, and Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York Police Department Captain, Eric Adams, on City Hall steps to urge the Governor and Mayor to support the creation of specially trained Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs). The proposed CIT training would enable the NYPD to better respond to the 100,000 ‘emotionally disturbed person’ (EDP) calls received annually.