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Broken Windows Theory

How Did We Become Incarceration Nation?

Les Leopold | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Les Leopold

How is it that America, supposedly the beacon of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world, has more prisoners than any police state?

The Federal Bureau of Insidiousness

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

FBI Director, James B. Comey has a theory that is correct, but only in part because his clarity is obscured by his self-serving perspective.

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.

It's Going to Be a Long, Hot Summer in America

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

America is a deeply divided nation. While the outcry against events in places like Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island, Baltimore, and now McKinney, is loud and clear and a patchwork quilt of protest is growing (Black Lives Matter), a great many white people refuse to attribute any of it to racism.

Christopher Mathias

How Manspreading Arrests Highlight What's 'F**ked Up' About Broken Windows Policing | Christopher Mathias | Posted 05.29.2015 | Crime

It’s bad subway etiquette, sure, but is it an arrest-worthy offense? “Manspreading” -- the act of a someone, usually a man, taking up two su...

Christopher Mathias

The Reason Some New Yorkers Actually Like The NYPD Slowdown | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A mass act of protest by New York City police is being welcomed by some critics of law enforcement. In the two weeks since officers Wen...

Turning Our Backs

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We live in a broken, violent world. Turning our backs on it won't change anything.

Christopher Mathias

Calls To End 'Broken Windows' Policing In NYC Get Louder After Garner Decision | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- About 20 protesters laid down on the sidewalk in silence Thursday afternoon outside the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. ...

The Pendulum of History Swings Again

Tom Allon | Posted 02.09.2015 | New York
Tom Allon

There is a third way for crime fighting: Keep "Broken Windows" policing but reimagine it so that petty crimes only lead to fines and summonses, not arrests and in extreme cases (like Eric Garner), forcible arrests that can lead to seemingly excessive use of force.

Holding The NYPD Accountable, Holding The Movement Accountable

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Josmar Trujillo

When activists turned out to a 2013 city council meeting in Oakland to protest the hiring of Bill Bratton as a consultant to the Oakland Police Department, was anyone surprised?

The Real Scandal at 1 Police Plaza

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 01.11.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Don't look now but there's a media-driven scandal brewing at the NYPD. It's gotten so bad, so fast that Mayor de Blasio and his police commissioner slapped together a meeting with reporters on a Sunday afternoon in order to rail against the press.

Saki Knafo

How Subway Dancing Became A New York Art Form -- And A Crime | Saki Knafo | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

Randy Vargas is a 19-year-old high school senior who dances for money after school on the trains beneath Manhattan. Among fellow dancers, he is ad...

No Holding Back: Sunset Park's Fight to Stop Police Brutality

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Carlos Menchaca and Nydia Velazquez didn't say a word. This past Saturday at a march and rally culminating in front of NYPD's 72nd precinct, the local newbie city councilmember and the 11-term congresswoman weren't given a chance to speak.

Hearing What They Want: The Illusions of Police Reform

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 11.17.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Two important meetings in New York city last week were followed by an important whistleblower story Friday that should serve as the exclamation points on assertions that NYPD is beyond reform.

Christopher Mathias

Most New Yorkers Want To See Criminal Charges In The Death Of Eric Garner | Christopher Mathias | Posted 08.27.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- A majority of New Yorkers think criminal charges should be brought against police officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop most directly involved ...

Christopher Mathias

Subway Dancers Protest Constant Arrests | Christopher Mathias | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

Zenon Laguerre says he was the first breakdancer to start performing in New York City's subway cars some 20 years ago. He characterizes his dancing st...

Beware of the Hat-Boy-Juke-Mafia

Nick Demeris | Posted 10.08.2014 | New York
Nick Demeris

Are we really making our streets safer by enforcing broken-glass policies on low-level-law-breakers such as these young dancers (who are only exercising their talents to make an honest living)?

Even Giuliani Is Distancing Himself From 'Zero Tolerance' Policing Following Chokehold Death

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 08.08.2014 | Crime

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of the most aggressive proponents of a "zero tolerance" approach to "broken windows" policing, is now re...

Christopher Mathias

How 'Broken Windows' Could Stand In The Way Of Real Change For The NYPD | Christopher Mathias | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

Keeshan Harley is only 19 years old, but he says he’s been stopped by New York City police more than 100 times. Last year, cops apprehended him for ...

The Changing Face of Police Brutality: Bratton's Broken Windows and the Death of Eric Garner

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 09.27.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Things don't seem to be changing much with the NYPD and the latest case of a black man dying at their hands has a lot of New Yorkers being left to feel as if perhaps they were fooled by the campaign rhetoric of one Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the police-community relations promises of NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton.

Saki Knafo

Chokehold Death Puts New York's Controversial Police Chief Back In The Spotlight | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- On a freezing day this past winter, a small group of protesters gathered outside police headquarters in downtown Manhattan. They were bare...

Bratton's War... on Acrobats. Yes, Acrobats.

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 09.14.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Police commissioner Bill Bratton has cracked down on panhandlers in New York City as part of his decades-old "Broken Windows" schtick -- the theory that focuses on low-level crimes as a way of preventing bigger crime.

The NYPD Is Really Cracking Down On Subway Dancers

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime

"What time is it?" "Showtime!" It's the call and response any New Yorker on the subway knows. It happens when the city's "hitters" -- typically yo...

A "Broken Windows" Theory for Environmentalism

Paul Gallay | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Paul Gallay

Fix the broken window and people take more pride in their neighborhood, forcing the nefarious elements out. That's the idea.

Stop-Question-and-Frisk With Respect

Dr. Michael J. Jenkins | Posted 02.18.2014 | Crime
Dr. Michael J. Jenkins

Bill Bratton's main goal should be to improve community relations. Given Bratton's track record, I believe New Yorkers can look forward to a continuation of historically low crime, but as important, an improvement in police relations with communities within the five boroughs.