While I welcome a kinder, friendlier and better trained police force, New York needs to look at the policies behind the problem. NYPD needs to examine how productivity goals may be contributing to the criminalization of a generation.
We would like to think that the government consists of men and women who are intelligent, logical and selfless individuals; sadly this is often not th...
Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly have kept the city safe from criminals and terrorists. Now they have to fight a third front: career-minded mayoral candidates and headline-grabbing judges who are undermining the NYPD's aggressive tactics.
I do know that losing a loved one suddenly and senselessly is an indescribably traumatizing event, leaving deep scars for years. I know that our culture generally considers killings by civilians to be acts that should be punished by life in prison or death.
The purpose of suppression law, which has been around since the 1970s, is not to allow someone carrying a loaded gun to walk. It's to ensure proper police work.
As great as these changes to the patrol guide are, they will not stop the false arrests in suspicion of prostitution or racial profiling. They will not stop the NYPD "stop and frisk" policy.
A new study reveals that the city's much-acclaimed crime declines over the past two decades may partially be the result of cooking the books. This merits investigation so New Yorkers can know the true crime statistics from their borough.
On Monday, June 25th, the first-ever "People's Hearing on School Justice in the Bronx" was held to examine school disciplinary procedures -- particularly the overuse of suspensions and arrests in Bronx public schools.
A now retired New York City cop from the 46th precinct, located just north of Yankee Stadium, Monahan was born in the Bronx in 1964. Though originally growing up as a Yankees fan, it was not so long before he made the switch to the blue and orange.
I decided to kick start my Gay Pride Week off by returning to my activist roots and attending the silent march against the NYPD policy of "Stop & Frisk" on Sunday, June 17 in New York City.
Gay men of color, along with women and transgender people of color, are among the Black and Latina/os disproportionately subjected to over 685,000 stops and frisks by the NYPD last year. I know, because I am one of them.
Last we heard, this was still the United States of America. Maybe that's why an inspector general is not a bad idea.
How far have we come on the road from slavery to freedom isn't just a rhetorical question 150 years later. A people who don't know their history are more likely to repeat it. The resurgence of hate crimes and emergence of mass incarceration of males of color remind us that freedom requires constant vigilance and justice needs a fire that burns in all of us. I believe that we are in the second post Reconstruction era. Although some forms of continuing racial intolerance are overt, some forms are subtle, covert, technical, political, and very polite. Wrapped up in new euphemisms, better etiquette and clever political rhetoric, it's still, as Frederick Douglass warned, the same old snake. Let's call it out systematically, oppose it nonviolently, and move forward on becoming a free and just nation.
This Sunday, on Father's Day, I will be marching with tens of thousands of other New Yorkers to call for reform of stop-and-frisk. We cannot accept a New York where people are subject to civil liberties violations based on the color of their skin.
With its disastrous fallout and questionable payoff, it is time to abolish this divisive and ill-conceived tactic. Stop-and-frisk is racially biased, ineffective, and has created considerable costs for the city.
No good can come from criticizing a Pulitzer Prize-winning series. Mitchell Silber, the just departed NYPD civilian director of "Intel Analysis" is living proof.