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George Kelling

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.

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.

How's (the Trash) Business in L.A.? Picking Up

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.17.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In areas like Koreatown and South L.A., it's not hyperbole to say that more frequent trash pickup and more garbage bins on the street would be cause for celebration.

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.

Broken Windows Cracks But Police State Grows

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 04.11.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

In the span of just over a week, two prominent proponents of Broken Windows theory, the policing strategy that cracks down on low-level infractions, backtracked on the role of the theory in lowering crime across New York city and suggested the theory was 'oversold'.

A Response to Bratton and Kelling

Steve Zeidman | Posted 03.27.2015 | New York
Steve Zeidman

De Blasio was elected on a platform of progressive reform. His administration has implemented new approaches in areas like education, housing, and immigration. Yet NYC law enforcement is based on a magazine article from 33 years ago. It is time for a 21st century approach to policing.

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.

America's Real Criminal Element: Lead

Mother Jones | Kevin Drum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than ...