AVP learns of incident at RIIS Beach

AVP has learned of a violent incident involving police at Riis Beach that occurred on Sunday, July 1, 2018. If you have been impacted by the incident and would like to report or to seek support, reach out to AVP by calling our free and confidential 24/7 bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at 212-714-1141 or our online reporting form.

AVP is reaching out to Parks Enforcement Patrol and the New York City Police Department for further information. We will be doing outreach in Riis Park in the weeks ahead to hand out safety information and Know Your Rights resources. AVP will also provide opportunities for community members to attend Know Your Rights training sessions.

Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • If you’ve called the police, introduce yourself when they arrive. This shows that you know to report misconduct.
  • If you are harassed or attacked by the police, get their name and badge/car numbers.
  • You do not have to consent to a search of your person, your car, or your house. Do not try to stop police from searching you. Instead, repeat out loud, “I do not consent to this search.”
  • You have the right to watch and document police activities. Take video and pictures at a safe distance.


AVP encourages you to report violence you experience or witness to our free and confidential 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at 212-714-1141 where you can speak with a trained counselor and seek support, or you can report violence anonymously online, or to ask for a counselor to reach out to you.