January 3, 2017 - Today, Picture the Homeless (PTH) won a major victory for New York’s homeless who daily endure systemic brutality and abuse from the NYPD. In a legal action brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union on their behalf, the NYC Comptroller ruled in favor of three homeless members of PTH who were victimized by police.
"They assaulted me while I was asleep and they tossed my belongings in a dump truck,” said Jesus Morales, PTH member and claimant. “It's not right. I'm not an animal. None of us are. For what I suffered, and what hundreds of people are suffering every day, the city needs to do more to stop these out-of-control cops." The officers illegally seized and destroyed their belongings, including necessary medication and family photos of irreplaceable value. The victory is of huge symbolic importance—our most vulnerable neighbors were able to organize and take action to hold a powerful institution accountable for its violence.
On January 4, PTH is holding a press conference on the steps of City Hall at 12:00 pm and invites homeless people and allies to join them in letting the mayor know they will continue to fight for justice.