I'll never forget the pain and sorrow in the faces of people who posted countless Missing Person signs on the subway station walls. I lost my college roommate earlier that year in a tragic accident, and I still hadn't recovered. "How will an entire city and country ever recover from this?" I wondered.
Treatment with Nancy was complicated for me. I come from a family of police officers, detectives and first responders. I know how cops think. I was, in a way, kin to Nancy. It was as if I was helping my family or friends from my old neighborhood in Brooklyn. I wish I had accepted her invitation to her award ceremony. I would today.
What exactly constitutes resisting an arrest? Do Americans really have any recourse at all when it comes to obeying an order from a police officer, even if it's just to ask a question or assert one's rights, or should we just "surrender quietly"?
Still, even a department bans the method, it must initially educate officers on the proper method. Otherwise, officers may continue to use the same chokehold during an arrest thay they used as kids when they were wrestling with their brothers on the living room floor.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision of New York as a city that is "safe and fair" is within reach. With welcomed reforms to stop and frisk, he is on the right track. But this progressive agenda will quickly be derailed if the Mayor allows overly aggressive quality of life arrest tactics in poor communities of color to substitute for stop and frisk.
The following is a transcript of my speech this weekend on Staten Island at the march protesting the death of Eric Garner, who was strangled by the po...
We must use our consciousness of these egregious abuses to consider an overhaul of the criminal justice system at large. We must amend our discovery laws, add an expungement option, make exceptions to mandatory minimums and change our philosophy on pre-trial detention.
I had grown up in a predominately Irish neighborhood in Brooklyn, where better-behaved boys went on to become cops and others went to jail. The distance between the two was never that far. They could be friends or brothers, the sons of dock workers and office maids in Mayor Robert Wagner's New York.
Has policing in New York actually changed during the first six months of Mayor Bill de Blasio's tenure? The devil may be in the details, but an initial look at the most recent statistics exposes an unforgiving truth: stop and frisk has hardly stopped.
The motto of many police departments across the United States is to "Protect and Serve," correct? Who is being served and who is being protected?
As the world gets bigger and the world's problems become more complex, employers seek more critical, comprehensive, and creative leaders. And the Arts and Humanities provide just that.
Whether it's James Brown or Eric Garner, police shouldn't be trained or allowed to go above the law in the name of enforcing the law.
More than 75 percent of the people on Rikers Island and in other city jails are not in custody due to a conviction. They are in jail on bail, sometimes as low as $250, because they cannot afford to meet this cash obligation.
If there was ever a contrast in the way two separate and seemingly removed from each other police abuse cases were handled, the New York Police Department and the California Highway Patrol cases fit the bill.
As a young adult, it is normal for people my age to believe themselves invincible. I know this to be untrue, but I often forget this fact. With Eric Garner's death, I am reminded that black men are certainly not invincible, rather, they are endangered.
In 1977 highly decorated former NYPD detective Sonny Grosso wrote and published a book called Murder at the Harlem Mosque, about the events that he personally witnessed on April 14, 1972, at the mosque located at 102 West 116 Street. Four decades on, that event is back in the news.