Peoples’ Justices for Community Control and Police Accountability (Peoples’ Justice) is a New York City coalition of grassroots organizations working in Black, Latino/a and Asian communities. It’s member organizations are CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, the Justice Committee and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.
The coalition was formed in the wake of the 2006 New York City Police Department killing of Sean Bell and shooting of Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman in order to respond to the incident and highlight the systemic nature of police violence. The founding organizations of Peoples’ Justice are former members of the historic Coalition Against Police Brutality, which helped build a powerful anti-police brutality movement throughout the 1990s, organize massive protests in response to the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo and assault of Abner Louimer, and aided in the dismantling of the notoriously brutal Street Crimes Unit that was responsible for Diallo’s death. After the verdict in the Sean Bell case, the coalition took on a more proactive approach and developed a long-term strategy to contribute to the movement for police accountability through community education, empowerment and organizing.
Currently this proactive approach includes conducting Know Your Rights trainings and outreach through out the city, using public art and design projects for community education and empowerment, organizing neighborhood-based Cop Watch teams, and expanding New York’s “culture of Cop Watch” as a means of building community power and decreasing police misconduct and violence. www.peoplesjustice.org