The death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent heroin overdose has triggered an interesting debate as to whether the individuals who sold Mr. Hoffman the drugs should be criminally liable for his death.
Nobody standing here today is pretending this is Mission Accomplished. The problem hasn't been solved. The reality is tomorrow, a kid will be humiliated on his way home from school or someone on their way to the store will get stopped and frisked for no reason.
We're already well on pace to saving four to five times as many animals each year than the ASPCA has done during any year in recent history. Don't think of these animals as numbers -- at least any more than you would your own pets.
It would be a greater tragedy if we don't react to these two latest in a series of pedestrian deaths in a way that effectively saves lives.
If witnesses are unwilling to talk to police, then no increase in the number of investigators will close these cases. The police responsibility, then, is to earn the respect and cooperation of citizens in the neighborhoods where these homicides occur.
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.