Fire trucks and ambulances responding to emergencies have a higher priority legally and morally than people who choose to drive into Manhattan instead of taking public transit.
New York's new mayor made clear from the beginning that he would put an end to NYPD's aggressive "stop and frisk" policies. So, what does he do? He turns around and appoints a police commissioner who, under Rudy Giuliani, ushered in that very same stop and frisk mentality.
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.
On Saturday, November 16th, members of the Bronx School Justice coalition held a public report back on a year's worth of work to reduce punitive disciplinary measures in Bronx public schools.
I read now that New York Mayor-elect de Blasio is considering bringing back Bill Bratton as Police Commissioner to replace Ray Kelly. This continues a...
Reforms are available to the de Blasio administration that can not only effectively correct police practices that victimize people unjustly but have the added appeal of being easy political lifts.
Executives refusing to waive Fourth Amendment rights would be fired (or not hired). If this seems draconian, recall that innocent New Yorkers who refuse to be Stopped and Frisked -- risk arrest and jail.
Of course Kelly is full of error and his policies are fraught with racial prejudgment and mired in racial paternalism; still, he is the best messenger of his own cause and communicant of his own viewpoint. As errant and nonsensical as is his position, he shouldn't be shouted down. That's wrong, educationally and morally.
The New York Post is having trouble understanding some basic tenets of democracy, which explains why they found my invitation for you to join us in court for today's important hearing in our stop-and-frisk case "troubling."
This may not be the prevailing view in the Black community, but I don't think Jay Z should drop out of his upcoming holiday collaboration with Barney's. Now before you unleash a barrage of nasty criticism in the comment box, just hear me out.
To be honest with you, I couldn't care less whether you keep Barneys' money. It won't change a reality of more than 700,000 people -- mostly Black and Latino -- stopped and frisked by the NYPD in a single year.
The New York City Police Department is a peculiar institution. The city agency appears to be maintaining its record of tasteless behavior, even as it...
Can we finally agree that our radical right wing could care less about the budget, or public health and safety, and that their real motivation is an unhealthy addiction to dire events. They are perpetually sweating, wild-eyed, at the edge of doom, ever in extremis.
Every day, vendors tell us that police officers treat them with disrespect. This kind of low-level abuse degrades vendors as people while also harming the relationship between vendors (who can otherwise act as eyes-and-ears of the police) and the NYPD.
While one can sympathize with the police officer on the street who has a "perp" in hand with enough evidence to arrest him -- surely, a low bar -- the prosecutors' role is far more complex. They must make the case stick.