PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2021 


Biden revokes permit for Keystone XL Pipeline; Dr. Anthony Fauci expresses relief at being able to speak honestly about COVID-19.


2021Talks - January 22, 2021 


Cabinet appointments moving along: SecDef nominee Lloyd Austin's Senate confirmation may come today. Tribal reaction to Biden's permit cancellation of Keystone XL Pipeline, plus new details on COVID-response.

Vigil at Site of Garner Death Fuels "Momentum" for Police Accountability

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

About 800 New Yorkers turned out at the site where Eric Garner was killed in police custody to call attention to the need for better police accountability. Courtesy: Make the Road NY
About 800 New Yorkers turned out at the site where Eric Garner was killed in police custody to call attention to the need for better police accountability. Courtesy: Make the Road NY
October 13, 2015

NEW YORK - About 800 New Yorkers used the long weekend to call attention to pending measures intended to increase police accountability.

Adilka Pimentel, organizer with Make the Road New York, says her group has been pushing for measures such as the Right to Know Act for several years now.

She says the measure would help rebuild trust between communities of color and police by requiring officers to identify themselves and to explain to New Yorkers why they are being stopped.

"Community members are afraid to ask police to identify themselves because there are times where it may escalate or get violent," says Pimentel. "We feel we have the right to have out constitutional rights respected. We should know who we are having an interaction with."

Just as importantly, Pimentel says, the measure would ensure police officers have consent to search when there is no legal basis. She says it already has enough support to pass the City Council and that momentum is building to bring it to a vote before the end of the year.

The rally in support of the Right to Know Act was held Sunday at the site where Eric Garner was killed while in police custody.

Mark Winston Griffith, executive director with the Brooklyn Movement Center, says there has been a steady drumbeat of these types of incidents that is fueling a demand for change both in New York and with the Black Lives Matter movement around the nation.

"We can almost rest assured, unfortunately, that until there is a cultural shift, a structural shift in the police department, that these incidents will continue," says Griffith. "We hope we have reached a tipping point-and people will see these measures as an important safeguard against police abuse."

Griffith says groups citywide have been taking action to see that City Council members sign on. He says key steps to improving accountability must involve transparency and real enforcement of sanctions against police officers when misconduct happens.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY