We are asking courageous New York City Council members to exercise their oversight power by passing the Right to Know Act, which would strengthen police accountability and transparency by requiring officers who stop us to identify themselves.
Real safety comes from a police department that follows the law and respects people's fundamental rights, building trust with communities rather than undermining it. This week's historic ruling is a tremendous step in the right direction.
For the millions of innocent men and women like them, who have been accosted by the police over the past ten years, in what are often belligerent and demeaning encounters, and then let go without any explanation or apology, this ruling let them know that they still have a voice.
Does Mayor Bloomberg honestly believe that the city is safer targeting people like me, a middle-aged college professor, mother and journalist? On several occasions I've been suspected of wrong-doing for simply driving while black.
The New York Post proved last week their recklessness with the facts during the Boston bombings. Let's make sure they don't do the same thing in the important debate surrounding stop and frisk in New York City.
Stop and frisk is a valuable police tool, but its application should be amended to ensure that no one is stopped in violation of the Constitution. So how do we do that? We need to go straight to the root of why so many young people are being arrested: marijuana.