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Does the system work? Sometimes. Recently, we've done a lot of coverage on Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's new "quality of life" policies, many of which seem discriminatory and don't quite jibe with our ideas of what merits actual crime. Well, it appears that Mr. Bratton has been listening to at least some of his critics and this past Friday did some rare backpedaling. According to the Post, the commissioner still believes that subway breakdancers shouldn't take their...
When Ray Kelly stepped down last year, it felt like such a significant step in the right direction after years of outdated and racially-charged policing. Months earlier, a federal judge deemed "stop and frisk," a policy that had grown rampant under Kelly's stewardship, unconstitutional and five months later, the NYPD shuttered its Demographics Unit, a post-9/11 program that profiled Muslim residents. That most recent change came at the behest of our new police commissioner, Bill Bratton,...
And they wonder why the #mynypd campaign failed so spectacularly. Last month, we shared the news that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and the NYPD had officially begun cracking down on pesky subway breakdancers (and their little dogs, too!), very publicly arresting two young performers in a recent effort to make the subway a safer and more bearable place. Now, NBC New York has gone public with the full scale of the new policy: In the last four months...
In spite of Mayor de Blasio's protests that there's no official new policy encouraging cops to hone in on MTA panhandling,  the subway breakdancing crackdown we'd suspected is very real: DNAinfo reports on a 20-year-old and a 17-year-old that were arrested for breakdancing on a rush hour L train near Union Square last week. Information is being withheld on the younger of the two, but the older dancer was charged with reckless endangerment, a charge that was...