Saturday, Feb. 7, was the third time I saw Joe Assadourian's The Bullpen, which addresses Assadourian's encounter with the New York criminal justice system. On this occasion, three of the Central Park Five were in attendance. Would they find humor in Assadourian's performance after being vilified by the media and unjustly incarcerated?
In the months since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, a nationwide debate ha...
When you ask why are so many people out in the street, I'd say we've reached a tipping point, in the original, pre-Malcolm Gladwell use of the term. The scale that's tipping, simply, is justice. It was already going over when the torture report hit like a ton of bricks.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton has stated his guiding source of inspiration is Sir Robert Peel's Nine Principles of Policing, a preventative philosophy used by members of the first police force in London in 1829.
Often when I tell white Americans about my experience with police, their response is one of incredulity. It strikes me that after the events of Ferguson and Staten Island, perhaps we are doing ourselves a disservice by not sharing these stories and not being open to hearing them.
Profiling goes beyond race and religion. It refers to the snap judgments, the covert acts of character assassination, that are based upon seeing human beings through a half opened door.
So many of us feel so powerless, unable to affect substantive change, unable to do anything other than hurt. Powerless does not mean there isn't work to be done. It is silence, inactivity, complacency and disconnect that are the enemies of justice, not rage.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a groundbreaking initiative to take on one of the most damaging social problems facing the nation: the strained and often broken relationship between many communities and law enforcement. It is time, and past time.
All over the country black people have been stopped, harassed, arrested, injured and even killed at the hands of the police meant to protect them. From Brooklyn to Baltimore, Atlanta to Anaheim, cellphone videos are waking up the rest of the population to the fact that overly aggressive policing is not new in America, especially in black America.
A "National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and Criminalization of an Entire Generation," will be arriving at major cities and towns across the U.S. in a nationwide call to action.
With New York City voters having delivered a decisive mandate for stop-and-frisk reform in last year's mayoral election, it is time for the Second Circuit to permit the reform process to move forward without any further delay.
This past weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in continued protests, forums, and demonstrations seeking justice for Mike Brown and other victims as part of the highly organized Ferguson October weekend of civil disobedience.
After being arrested on a 2005 summons warrant, the NYPD let the air out of this cyclist's bike tires.
Stop-and-frisk numbers are down 90 percent in New York City from the peak in early 2012. Ninety percent.
On one side of this discussion are those who are holding up the shooting of Michael Brown as an example of the racial inequality in this country and in the justice system in particular. On the other side of this discussion are those who see racism as a hoax to be disproved.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision of New York as a city that is "safe and fair" is within reach. With welcomed reforms to stop and frisk, he is on the right track. But this progressive agenda will quickly be derailed if the Mayor allows overly aggressive quality of life arrest tactics in poor communities of color to substitute for stop and frisk.