Working for New York State Attorney General Letitia James and being a civil rights attorney has given Jason a unique perspective on how our community can reform our criminal justice system while retaining public safety. As City Councilman Jason will:
Criminal Justice Reform
- Advocate to limit the scope of qualified immunity.
- Advocate for the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (NYCCCRB) to have disciplinary authority, rather than the police commissioner that often ignores NYCCCRB’s recommendations following substantiated claims of abuse.
- Advocate for civil presumptions of liability against police officers who don’t have their body cameras or dashcams on during a use of force incident.
- Increase police training. Currently, barbers and beauticians must complete more hours of training than New York City police officers.
- Advocate for a new police precinct in our community. The police would be better equipped to respond to violent crimes and emergencies that occur in the community.
- Provide funding for community nonviolence programs.
- Work with advocates and city agencies to reduce the flow of guns into New York City
Here’s What Jason Has Already Done in Justice Reform and Public Safety:
- After the shootings of Eric Garner, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, he organized a full day know-your-rights program at the CW Mixon Center in Southeast Queens.
- As President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, he started a Judicial Training Academy to help attorneys of color prepare for opportunities on the bench. Two JTA graduates are set to be installed as judges in early 2021.
- After multiple persons of color were shot and killed by police officers with records of excessive use of force, Jason wrote an article, which was featured in the New York Law Journal, explaining why Civil Rights Law 50-a must be repealed. Civil Rights Law 50-a was a law that concealed the disciplinary records of police officers engaged in excessive use of force from the public.
- As an Assistant Attorney General serving in the Office of the New York State Attorney General, Jason prosecuted online businesses selling synthetic drugs such as “K2” in minority communities.