You cannot, by law or department policy, stop and question people without a reasonable suspicion that they have committed, are committing, or are about to commit a crime, nor can you pat them down without a reasonable suspicion that they are armed and presently dangerous.
Criminalization was one of the many tools white Americans used to limit the social inclusion of people of color during the eras of slavery and Jim Crow, since recognition of their full humanity would have significantly undermined the racial order. The criminalization we have been witnessing in recent decades has been more sophisticated but its racial outcomes are the same: the establishment of a visible and psychological connection between racial identity, crime, and place.
Stop-and-frisk is working. There are clearly fewer "bad guys" roaming the streets with guns, hard drugs, and other illegal possessions. If the NYPD is forced to no longer practice this policy, the results will be clear.
Parents and grandparents in this city are tired of having to warn their children about both criminals and the police. Do we want to see crime reduced? Absolutely, because they are doing it to us. But don't criminalize us at the same time.
On August 22, 1972, John Wojtowicz and two accomplices attempted to rob a bank in Brooklyn. Things didn't go as planned: first, one of the accomplices ran out, not able to go through with it.
Boston law enforcement authorities' bitterness and mistrust of past FBI actions, on view at Whitey Bulger's ongoing trial, have bubbled to the surface in the aftermath of Boston Marathon terror bombing.
During the last 10 years as I have invested, advised, and founded startups in New York City. I have also spent a significant amount of that time patrolling its streets as a member of the Auxiliary Unit of the New York Police Department.
Chronic surveillance is an addiction and one that's fed by an industry that has billions invested in creating the technology and supplying the operatives (like Snowden) that become cogs in the machinery that supports the larger matrix.
In the decades to come we may actually succeed in breaking with the entrenched patterns of old and building power among communities that for much of our nation's history have been marginalized.
It's time we as a society must decide whether or not the tools we use to protect us will eventually be our undoing.
Presuming his Muslim wife will win him the Muslim vote, perhaps he believes it in his best political interest to not take a stand that some of his potential supporters might agree with. Why stir the pot when you have us in the bag?
I would never vote for something that I believe would compromise the safety of families in our community. But we cannot keep New York City safe by profiling our neighbors based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, or immigration status.
True community safety requires a police department for whom all New Yorkers are equally deserving of courtesy, professionalism, and respect. The Community Safety Act is an important step towards ensuring just that.
A complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday alleges that the NYPD violated American Muslims' constitutional rights by monitoring them based on nothing more than their religion.
If Police Commissioner Ray Kelly thinks he has problems with the Stop and Frisk lawsuit, wait until the lawsuits filed over the NYPD's pervasive spying against Muslims get rolling.