Rally To Protest Treatment of Homeless People

Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice, and Sandeep Kandhari, Director of the Community Justice Unit, participated in the ChangetheNYPD rally at City Hall today to protest the treatment of Homeless People by the Sergeants Benevolent Association.

"The fact that the SBA thinks we should shame and neglect instead of serve and protect is outrageous," Holder told the crowd during the rally.

The Legal Aid Society issued the following statement: "The recent campaign launched by the SBA is distasteful and inhumane. Instead of being publicly shamed by having their pictures taken, homeless New Yorkers deserve affordable housing and services. The SBA’s behavior not only fails to help people in need, it incites unnecessary fear mongering in a tempestuous political environment. In New York we treat people better than this. The Legal Aid Society is the oldest and largest legal services organization for low-income individuals and families, and we are committed to helping our neighbors find permanent and affordable housing. The campaign by the SBA only serves to embarrass us and does nothing to reduce crime. We hope that during this time of incredible growth and success for many in our city, we use our efforts to help those who are less fortunate and continue to make this a great city for all New Yorkers."

Ms Holder’s comments were aired on New York 1’s The Call.