Saturday: Community Conversation on Syracuse Police Department Use of Force Policy

On Saturday, December 1, the Syracuse Police Accountability and Reform Coalition along with the New York Civil Liberties Union will host a panel and community conversation on the Syracuse Police Department’s use of force policy.

The Syracuse Police Department’s current use of force policy is vague and lacks specific guidance on the appropriate use of force and when officers are justified in using force. This lack of guidance has led to incidents between the SPD and the public, including an incident where a Syracuse police officer put a 14-year-old boy in a chokehold until he lost consciousness.

The conversation on Saturday will focus on the impact of the SPD’s use of force policy on the Syracuse community, ongoing litigation and advocacy efforts around the issue, and specific policy recommendations to reform the current policy.

Saturday December 1,
Central Library
447 S. Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
  • Kevin Jason, Staff Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Talina Jones, Chair, New York State Early Intervention Coordinating Council
  • Hasan Stephens, Executive Director, Good Life Youth Foundation
  • Peter McCarthy, Chair, City of Syracuse Citizen Review Board
  • Coran Klaver, Associate Professor, Syracuse University
  • Andrew Croom (moderator), Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Central New York