Peoples' Justice for Community Control & Police Accountability
Peoples’ Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability (PJ) is a New York City coalition of grassroots organizations working in Black, Latino, Asian and LGBT communities, led by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Justice Committee & CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities. The coalition was formed in the wake of the 2006 NYPD killing of Sean Bell and shooting of Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman in order to respond to the incident and hi-light the systemic nature of police violence. Peoples’ Justices’ founding organizations are former members of the historic Coalition Against Police Brutality, which helped organize massive protests in response to the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo. After verdict in the Sean Bell case, the coalition took on a more proactive approach and developed a long-term strategy to contribute to the movement for police accountability through community education, empowerment and organizing, as evidenced through our Know Your Rights trainings & city-wide Cop Watch Alliance.