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Jewish Activists Arrested Protesting For Justice During Passover Week

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.17.2017 | Politics

Six Jewish activists were arrested in New York City on Thursday during a Passover protest meant to call attention to policing practices that they beli...

Broken Windows Breaks The Bank

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 01.30.2017 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Two years after a federal lawsuit dealt the NYPD a legal blow to its wanton stopping and frisking of Black and Latino residents, it seems the country'...

Subway Performers Now Have The Luxury of Being Harassed On The 2nd Avenue Subway Line

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 01.18.2017 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

The cameras were rolling and the champagne was flowing a few weeks ago as Manhattan's newest subway line was christened by crowds of Upper East Siders...

Will New York City's Proposed Street Vendor Changes Help Or Hurt Vendors?

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 10.14.2016 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

The 1,300 cop city council (which they will forever be known as) yesterday proposed changes to New York's wildly abusive treatment of street vendors. Since 1983, there the city has capped the number of permits required to legally sell on the street.

NYPD Blues?

Tom Allon | Posted 08.16.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

There have been a number of disturbing events of police misconduct around the country that have been caught on tape and we must make sure these officers are properly disciplined. But we must not lose sight of the fact that every day, New York's thin blue line keep all of us safe and they continue to do so by breaking previous crime lows.

Bill Bratton, Bulldozer

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 08.05.2016 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Bratton steamrolled over poor communities of color from New York to Los Angeles (Photo: LA Times) For nearly three years we waged a small, and at tim...

Squeezing Immigrant Street Vendors: The Giuliani Era Never Ended

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 08.02.2016 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Street Vendor in Spanish Harlem last Winter (Photo: Andrew J. Padilla) Street vendors have always been in the crosshairs of the Broken Windows theory...

Useful or Not, Broken Windows Policing Remains Morally Indefensible

Nick Malinowski | Posted 07.01.2016 | New York
Nick Malinowski

At a community meeting I attended last summer in Brooklyn, a resident complained to the Commanding Officer of the local precinct about a violent crime that occurred on her block: a gun point robbery. What were the police doing to solve the crime and to ensure that it doesn't happen again, the woman asked?

No One in NYC Should Be Forced to Make These Choices

The Bronx Defenders | Posted 05.18.2016 | New York
The Bronx Defenders

For many low-income New Yorkers, choosing between a meal and a MetroCard, risking arrest for jumping a turnstile or missing work, are daily dilemmas.

NYPD: Stop Evicting Families

The Bronx Defenders | Posted 04.21.2017 | New York
The Bronx Defenders

At The Bronx Defenders, we bear tragic witness to this every day, week after week, year after year. If New York City is truly interested in addressing our homelessness crisis and rebuilding trust with communities of color, eliminating these so-called "drug-related" evictions should be its first task.

The Lesbian Chronicles 19: Broken

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 04.20.2017 | Queer Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

I had a choice to make; stay with her and live with the broken window, or extricate myself now while the extricating is still rather easy. I chose the former.

Bratton OKs Broken Windows 'Reform'

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 01.25.2017 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

With constant reminders that they wouldn't be in any way, shape, or form disturbing the way Broken Windows policing operates in New York City, the city council today rolled out a new set of bills said to adjust some penalties for low-level offenses.

As More Groups Acknowledge Need for Criminal Justice Reform, We Must Also Undo the Damages of the Past

Nick Malinowski | Posted 10.27.2016 | Crime
Nick Malinowski

Justice does not arrive simply by acknowledging mistakes and empowering the same people who implemented the corrupt system we are now bemoaning as the central agents of reform. We must also have reparations for those who have been harmed.

This Is What Broken Windows Policing Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 10.09.2015 | Black Voices

What's legal for white New Yorkers is often illegal for black and brown New Yorkers. Take, for instance, this DNAinfo story about 60-year-old Ernest ...

The Politics of the NYPD's War on the Homeless

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 09.08.2016 | 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 09.02.2016 | 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.

Broken-Windows Policing Is a High-Arrest Program

Bernard E. Harcourt | Posted 08.17.2016 | 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.

Ramping Up the NYPD's War on the Homeless

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 08.07.2016 | 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.

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

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 07.21.2016 | 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.

Police Diversity or Community Control?

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 07.13.2016 | 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.

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...

Baltimore Burning - Foreseen in the Data

Eric Lotke | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Eric Lotke

By 2005, people had been complaining about zero-tolerance and broken-windows policing for years. Even as politicians bragged about maintaining order, minority communities complained about being overpoliced and underprotected.

The Militarization of American Streets

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

When the CVS stores go up in flames and local stores are looted, politicians denounce what's happened and demand an instant return to law and order, while calling on police departments to wear body cameras and rethink their attitudes. But there's another reality that has to be faced.

Christopher Mathias

1,500 Rikers Island Inmates Have Been Behind Bars More Than A Year Without Being Convicted | Christopher Mathias | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping plan Tuesday to modernize the city’s criminal justice system and improve conditions in the Rikers...

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.