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Weathering the Police Reform Storm

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 10.02.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

With reforms like these who'll be surprised by the next high-profile incident of police abuse? Not me.

James Blake Says Cop Who Slammed Him 'Doesn't Deserve' To Have Badge

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 09.12.2015 | Sports

Former tennis star James Blake says the New York City cop who slammed him to the ground should lose his job. "I don't think this person should ever ha...

NYPD Releases Video Of Cop Slamming James Blake To The Ground

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 09.11.2015 | Sports

Security footage released by the New York City Police Department on Friday shows a plainclothes cop slamming former tennis star James Blake to the gro...

Sorry Bratton, You Can’t Say Race Has Nothing To Do With This

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 09.10.2015 | Sports

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has expressed unambiguous concern since news broke of some of his cops wrongfully slamming former tennis star Jam...

The Politics of the NYPD's War on the Homeless

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 09.08.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

While homeless New Yorkers, some with addiction issues, have been harassed by cops on a two to three block strip there for years, some say that the intensity of the policing turned up after Extell, the mega developer of 'poor door' fame, bought property on that corner.

20 Months of Bratton and De Blasio's NYPD

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 09.02.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

As some New Yorkers start to wonder if the appointment of Bratton wasn't a remarkably stupid idea, the sum of the de Blasio and Bratton era paints a picture that ought to put to rest the idea that New York has substantively reformed the NYPD.

With the Rise of $uperPacs and Voter ID, Can '16 Be More About Democracy?

Mark Green | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpgShrum vs. Lowry: As billionaires "bid" for President and key swing states disenfranchise millions of minorities and millennials, can the process of Democracy grab more attention than Trump's Hair and Wall? Then: does Donald vs. Jeb = insults vs. results?

Broken-Windows Policing Is a High-Arrest Program

Bernard E. Harcourt | Posted 08.17.2015 | Crime
Bernard E. Harcourt

In a post titled "Don't Blame My 'Broken Windows' Theory For Poor Policing", Kelling maintains that his theory was never meant to be a high misdemeanor-arrest policy. That's hard to believe because George Kelling himself measures broken-windows policing by the number of misdemeanor arrests performed by the police.

The Bill Bratton Rope-A-Dope: Community Policing and More People in Jail

Nick Malinowski | Posted 08.11.2015 | Crime
Nick Malinowski

While the rest of the country's political class frets about how to reduce the prison population, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton wants more people in jail, going back to the future with the 1990s-era super-predation myths.

NYPD Stop Lying! Here's How to Handle 'Synthetic Marijuana'

Stefanie Jones | Posted 08.10.2015 | Crime
Stefanie Jones

The NYPD has been drumming up attention over the supposed dangers of "synthetic marijuana" -- a class of cannabinoid chemicals typically sprayed over plant matter and packaged with names like "K2," "Spice" and "Green Giant." Last week, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton used highly emotional language, calling it "weaponized marijuana" and saying it makes people "totally crazy."

Ramping Up the NYPD's War on the Homeless

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 08.07.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

The de Blasio administration, for example, has said that there should be some mental health treatment aspect as a response to rich people complaining about the homeless in their neighborhoods. It's all so very 'progressive' and sophisticated, you see.

NYC's New Crime-Stopping Approach to Animal Cruelty

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 07.23.2015 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

In our efforts to stop animal cruelty, we're making great advances toward all of these goals. This week, we're adding another milestone to that list.

Back to the Future: Bratton Announces 'Predictive Policing' Is Here, 'Get Over It'

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 07.21.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Another day, another reminder from NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton that the era of "predictive policing", the orwellian idea that cops can predict crime, is already here. This wasn't the first time Bratton has openly talked about such a potentially controversial subject.

Public Figures and Petty Hatred

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Abraham H. Foxman

Here at the Anti-Defamation League, we get it all the time. Most recently when we criticized Jarryd Hayne, a former Australian rugby star and now a running back on the San Francisco 49ers, for revisiting the ancient charge blaming Jews for the death of Christ.

Police Diversity or Community Control?

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 07.13.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

By encouraging young people and those committed to challenging the status quo of policing to take on the police in new ways (even ones that the police have traditionally controlled), there might be the potential for new fronts in a battle that isn't going away anytime soon.

Predicting Predictive Policing in NYC

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 07.09.2015 | Technology
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

As the NYPD rolls out this new plan, I hope those tasked with implementing the policy do not replace one legally discredited practice of hunch-based stops with an automated HunchLab system only to find themselves facing similar legal challenges to the fairness and effectiveness of this policing strategy.

Julia Craven

It's Difficult To Hire Black Officers Since Too Many Black People Have Been Arrested, Says NYPD Commissioner | Julia Craven | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

The number of potential police officers of color who have criminal records is too damn high -- at least that seems to be New York police commissioner ...

NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton Mulls Pardoning 1.2 Million Low-Level Offenders

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 05.19.2015 | Crime

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has proposed granting amnesty to 1.2 million low-level offenders with open warrants for minor offenses ...

There Are 1.2 Million Open Warrants In New York

AP | Posted 05.17.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sheila Beasley was struggling to clean up after her beloved Rottweiler, Rocky, on a Bronx sidewalk on a December day in 2008 when she...

CNN's Don Lemon To Bill Bratton: 'Do You Think That People Of Color Are Targeted By Police?'

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.23.2015 | Media

CNN's Don Lemon had some pointed questions for Bill Bratton Wednesday night, asking the NYPD commissioner if he believes African-American men are disp...

Will the South Teach the North About Police Reform?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We are a long way from justice and this case will have to work its way through the prosecutor, jury selection and trial, but just the contrast of this tragic incident and that of Garner's death and others is remarkable.

No New Cops: Strong Communities Make Policing Obsolete

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 05.30.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

At just under 35,000, the New York City Police Department is bar none the largest police department in the United States. It's also one of the beefiest in terms of police-to-citizen ratio.

Christopher Mathias

NYPD Commissioner To Privacy Advocates: 'Get A Life' | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

New York City police Commissioner William Bratton has a message for privacy advocates concerned over the NYPD’s new ShotSpotter program: “Get a li...

There Are Lies, Damn Lies and Then There's 'Community Policing'

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 05.09.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Cops will never reform themselves. The attempts to bring them closer to us by quite literally packaging us in this same, tired concept of 'community policing' is a spin that no one seeking justice should fall for.

NYPD Commissioner Bratton Acknowledges Marijuana Prohibition Responsible for Increased Shootings

Tony Newman | Posted 05.03.2015 | New York
Tony Newman

"In this city, people are killing each other over marijuana more so than anything that we had to deal with an '80s and '90s with heroin and cocaine," said Bratton. "We just see marijuana everywhere when we make these arrests, when we get these guns off the streets."