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When Ray Kelly stepped down last year, it felt like such a significant step in the right direction after years of outdated and racially-charged policing.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,...
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...

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