Campaign to remove NYPD from traffic enforcement gains steam

The letter comes on the heels of a report this week from Transportation Alternatives, which calls on the de Blasio administration to remove the NYPD from its oversight of traffic enforcement — not only to make streets safer from crashes, but also to protect Black and Brown New Yorkers, who are often targeted by police and disproportionately victims of police brutality.

Streetsblog recently reported that of the 440 tickets police issued to people for biking on the sidewalk in 2018 and 2019, 374 — or 86.4 percent — of those where race was listed went to Black and Hispanic New Yorkers. The wildly disproportionate stats followed another report showing that cops issued 99 percent of jaywalking tickets to Black and Hispanic people in the first quarter of this year.