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The NYPD has been trying to up its Twitter game under Commissioner Bill Bratton, but so far they're trending for all the wrong reasons. The hashtag campaign #myNYPD, intended to put a friendly face on the city's police force, almost instantly backfired, and used as a way to document police brutality. Now, cops will attend "Twitter school," a social media course at CUNY's John Jay College. Back in March, Commissioner Bratton announced a planned rollout of Twitter...
Yesterday, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released the results of a wide-ranging survey gauging New Yorkers' opinions of their police force. The 1,021 respondents were asked questions about the NYPD actions that led to the death of Eric Garner, whether or not broken windows policing is effective, and if police brutality is an active problem, amongst many other things. The results express a wide range of opinions, some of which appear contradictory. For example, a...
More bad news in Police Commissioner Bratton’s New York City: Subway platform buskers are facing harassment and arrests by the NYPD and MTA police for what is a completely legal activity. As we reported in May, arrests for subway dancers alone are up 4700 percent from last year. Several buskers held a press conference recently to protest the treatment. For many, this climate of punishing non-criminal behavior reeks of earlier time in New York City, an era that...
The reappointment of William Bratton as New York City Police Commissioner late last year was met with no small level of criticism about the man's methods. In two successive decades, Bratton presided over the country's two largest metropolitan police forces during periods of crime reduction--first New York City, in the '90s, and then Los Angeles, in the '00s. But the policing method his forces embraced and embodied were controversial. Bratton’s brand of policing is premised...