Mayor Bloomberg's legacy is in danger of looking a lot like Governor Rockefeller's. Just like the Rockefeller Drug Laws, policing policies under Mayor Bloomberg have proven to be costly, harmful and racially biased. But it's not too late for New York to change.
The NYPD appears to assume that every young man in a specific neighborhood is a criminal, acts on that assumption with frequent shakedowns and then appears to be confounded when the community does not welcome them.
While I welcome a kinder, friendlier and better trained police force, New York needs to look at the policies behind the problem. NYPD needs to examine how productivity goals may be contributing to the criminalization of a generation.
Today, in the city of NY, we are facing another troubling form of biased profiling and searches known as 'Stop-and-Frisk.' Only difference is, this time, you can be targeted for simply walking down the street.
Stop and frisk must continue as a tool for the NYPD. It's time we had an honest appraisal: stop and frisk is saving minority men's lives. But jobs and education is a better way to save them. That work must begin now.