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Hey, so, remember how the NYPD decided that it was going to stop writing tickets for minor offenses like parking violations and public drinking and cycling on the sidewalk or whatever and at first it was all, like, oh no, what if we really need the NYPD around to enforce laws like this because without them we'd immediately descend into anarchy; and then it was like, haha lol, just kidding, we are doing just fine...
This afternoon Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bratton held a press conference at NYPD headquarters to celebrate what de Blasio called a "momentous" decrease in crime, and give specifics on some of the lowest crime rates ever recorded in the city. But the Mayor also took the opportunity to extend yet another olive branch to the police department and became visibly emotional with his closing remarks when he emphasized the need for a...
The "broken windows" theory of policing, the operating philosophy of the New York Police Department, is based on the idea that curtailing small criminal infractions helps prevent larger ones. The idea is that crime, like litter, accumulates quickly when there's some in sight, so cracking down on jay-walkers and subway turnstile jumpers prevents muggings and assaults. It's essentially the "stitch in time saves nine" adage, applied to crime. But broken windows policing has always paid...
It has been two months since NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo killed Staten Island resident Eric Garner with a maneuver that has been variously described and repudiated as a chokehold. In that time, there has been a lot of discussion concerning the efficacy of broken windows policy, the controversial policing doctrine, espoused and perfected by current NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton, that treats petty infractions as the seeds of more serious crime. Critics of the policy argue...