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.
This week's announcement that the Justice Department is going to drop its appeal against providing the morning-after birth control pill to anyone who needs it comes as such a welcome change that we feel the award is deserved.
The Bloomberg administration's attack on the judiciary signals a disturbing new track by the mayor and his team as they continue to cling to the notion that stop-and-frisk in its current form is being applied appropriately.
If we envision a better city in which all people are safe and free from discrimination and profiling, then we need laws protecting the communities who are most targeted. Our laws need to enforce non-racist, non-homophobic, non-sexist, non-transphobic and overall non-oppressive behaviors.
Stop-and-frisk has become a lightning rod for criticism because its Jim Crow-style policing tactics are so brazen, but the reality is that it resides within a much more sophisticated security economy that relies on dark bodies to drive its astounding growth.