Coalition Demands

  • Abolish gang databases (of any kind) & stop labeling people as “gang” or “crew” members 
  • Stop using or referencing gang allegations in connection with criminal prosecutions (whether pre-trial, during trial, or at sentencing) 
  • Discontinue all “focused deterrence” and other “precision policing” initiatives. 
  • Stop using militarized pre-dawn raids to conduct “gang takedowns” 
  • Stop using theories of guilt by association including the utilization of state and federal conspiracy and RICO charges in street gang and crew cases 
  • End the use of social media monitoring and other forms of digital surveillance 
  • Invest in additional credible messenger programs and expand resources for gang-involved people 
  • Divest from policing and instead invest in increased public health programs, sustainable housing, employment development, schools, conflict transformation and alternative accountability models like restorative justice. 
  • Investigate and audit the NYPD’s current gang suppression practices and its collaboration with local and federal prosecutors 
  • Increase privacy protections, and prevent police from gathering and disseminating information about people based on association. 
  • Create mechanisms to encourage and help to empower youth street gangs and crews to engage politically to advocate for community resources and opportunities.