Long Island Community Groups Collaborate On Police Reform Plan

There's a collaboration on Long Island among community groups to come up with a plan for police reform. The state is mandating changes in police policies, and advocates say their transparent plan, not the county's, is exactly what's needed now; CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reports.

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- A collaboration on Long Island among community groups to come up with a plan for police reform. The state is mandating changes in police policies. Advocates say their plan, not the county's, is exactly what is needed now. CBS 2's Jennifer McLogan has the story from Mineola.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: The executive order came down from Albany last May after the death of George Floyd.

- I don't want nobody's knee on me.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Every community in New York is to evaluate police practices on use of force, crowd management, citizen complaints, or risk the loss of state funds.

- No justice, no peace!

FREDERICK BREWINGTON: --are doing policing like people did in the 19th and 20th century. That's not acceptable.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Civil rights attorney Fred Brewington leading grassroots community groups releasing their own proposal, the People's Plan. Apart from Nassau police, reforms from the bottom up, not the top down.

ELAINE GROSS: It's really groundbreaking for us and it is absolutely critical. If you don't look, you're not going to find structural racism.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: The People's Plan shows a Nassau arrest disparity among minorities, 5.3 to 1. The plan includes reforms for handling mental health crises, civilian and internal complaints, traffic stops, and search warrants.

JAMES HODGE: Me as a person that has been actually assaulted by police officers before.

GLENN CONNORS: I think our local police departments are the best trained in the world.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: The county submitted its own reform draft.

LAURA CURRAN: More diverse recruitment, body cameras. You know, giving people an avenue to make complaints.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: The order requires police departments show proof they've modernized their policies. County lawmakers must approve the plans and submit them to the state by April 1. A legislative hearing will be held Wednesday in Mineola.

DENISE FORD: We want to make sure that we do it right. In all fairness to the residents, as well as our police officers.

FREDERICK BREWINGTON: OK. Let's admit that we have a problem. And then let's solve it.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: With hopes the police reform plans will align. On Long Island, Jennifer McLogan, CBS 2 News.

- And advocates say they'll be calling on legislators to work with all Long Island communities to achieve real police reform.