Daniel Prude. Willie Henley. A 9 year old getting pepper sprayed. These three incidents in the Western New York region could have all been handled differently if each individual was interacting with a mental health counselor and not a police officer.
End the practice of police interrogating children without a lawyer. #Right2RemainSilent
In New York State it is still legal for police to question children without a lawyer present. Intimidating interrogations have led children to confess to crimes they haven’t committed, such as happened with the Central Park 5 in the Netflix documentary “When they See Us.” The #Right2RemainSilent campaign seeks to protect the rights of children by making it illegal for police to interrogate children without their lawyer present. Learn more about the campaign here. A campaign launch is scheduled for February 25.
For months, all of us have called on Governor Cuomo to exercise his clemency power during the COVID-19 outbreak and release as many people from jail and prison as possible, but he has taken no meaningful action. We need Governor Cuomo to take immediate action and release all aging people at the Adirondack Correctional Facility.