Bronx Defenders Applauds City Council Passage of Bill Requiring NYPD to Report on Seized Property Data

July 20, 2017, New York – In response to the passage of Intro 1000-B, a law requiring the NYPD to report on seized property data on an annual basis, The Bronx Defenders issued the following statement:

“The passage of this bill marks an important victory for our clients and countless other New Yorkers disproportionately affected by NYPD property-seizure practices. These measures will bring much-needed transparency to the department and provide a public accounting of the tens of millions of dollars in cash and property taken from New Yorkers during arrests each year. We thank Councilman Torres for working with us to address this critical issue. This data will provide an invaluable tool for assessing the public-policy purpose of these practices and their impact on low-income communities.”

The Bronx Defenders is a community-based and nationally-recognized public defender office dedicated to serving the people of the Bronx. Our staff serves approximately 35,000 low-income residents of the Bronx every year, providing them with comprehensive social and legal services, including assistance to get money and property back from the NYPD after an arrest. For more information, click here.