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New York stands up for the victims of police

Gary Lapon reports from New York City on a demonstration demand an end to the epidemic of police violence and win justice for victims of brutality and abuse.
08/25/2014
Socialist Worker
CARRYING SIGNS with messages like "Black Lives Matter" and "We Are Human," thousands of New York City residents and people from the surrounding area marched in Staten Island on August 23 to demand justice for Eric Garner and other victims of police brutality and violence.

The attitude of those on the march was summed up by Leah, who said, "We're tired of our young people being shot and killed for no reason other than racism. We're not savages or animals. We're not going to take this anymore. Every time a young man gets shot, we're going to come out."

Families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown Attend Staten Island March for NYPD Accountability

08/23/2014
Latin Post
Five thousand people are expected to attend the "We Will Not Go Back" march on Staten Island on Saturday to call for justice for Eric Garner, who died after being put in an illegal chokehold while being arrested by a New York City police officer.

Joining them will be Rev. Al Sharpton, former Gov. David Patterson, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the families of both Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the teenager killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month.

Justice Caravans will bring attendees from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Brooklyn.
The march on Saturday, Aug. 23 is being organized by the National Action Network, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, The United Federation of Teachers, and the NAACP. The march is endorsed by hundreds of organization, including the New York Civil Liberties Union and Communities United for Police Reform.

De Blasio administration defends 'broken windows' policing after Daily News analysis, but says it should be 'respectful'

A spokesman for the mayor credited broken windows — which calls for aggressively enforcing quality-of-life offenses to prevent more serious ones — with driving down crime to historic lows. A Daily News analysis found black and Hispanic residents were over
08/05/2014
New York Daily News

Responding to a Daily News report that found minorities were overwhelmingly targeted for quality-of-life summonses, the de Blasio administration defended the “broken windows” crimefighting tactic Monday — but said it should be used in a “respectful” way.

A spokesman for the mayor credited broken windows — which calls for aggressively enforcing quality-of-life offenses to prevent more serious ones — with driving down crime to historic lows.

Soul-Searching at the NYPD After Eric Garner Death

Following the death of Eric Garner, arrested for selling loose cigarettes, the police have faced a barrage of criticism for the practice of tackling petty crimes
08/01/2014
Epoch Times

NEW YORK—The death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner from an apparent chokehold during a police arrest has put police–community relations in the spotlight nationwide.

On Thursday the two sides met. Activists and city council members rallied outside City Hall, while the mayor, police commissioner, and community leaders met inside.

The activists are going after a policy they see as ultimately responsible for the death: broken windows policing, but the topic was largely sidestepped by the administration today. Clearly, it’s sensitive.

Advocates Rally Against Police Brutality and Broken Windows

07/31/2014
New York Observer

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton have vowed to re-train police officers following the death of a 43-year-old Staten Island man in police custody.

But for some, that simply isn’t good enough.

“I am here today to send a message to Commissioner Bratton—training is good, training is not enough,” City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez said during a rally led by Communities United for Police Reform.

Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses police-community relations after Eric Garner death

07/31/2014
News 12

NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted a roundtable on police-community relations following the death of a Staten Island father while in police custody.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Staten Island clergy members and residents attended the meeting at City Hall to comment on the death of Eric Garner.

Garner's death was caught on video, which shows him being brought down by an officer in an apparent chokehold, sparking a citywide uproar over police tactics. Garner was under arrest for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

Mayor: New police training procedures in wake of Eric Garner's death 'will have a huge impact'

07/31/2014
Staten Island Advance

CITY HALL -- Staten Island officials and clergy joined Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner William Bratton, activist the Rev. Al Sharpton and top city officials in the City Hall Blue Room on Thursday for a roundtable summit to talk about police and community relations in the wake of the death of Eric Garner in police custody.

De Blasio said that new training procedures being put in place by Bratton "will have a huge impact. It will help draw the police closer to the community, and the community closer to the police."

Bratton Dodges Questions About 'Broken Windows' and Dante de Blasio

07/31/2014
New York Observer

When it came to the mayor’s son and the “broken windows” theory, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton didn’t have much to say today.

The typically gregarious police chief declined to offer any extensive comment on Rev. Al Sharpton’s fiery charges at a round table hosted by Mayor Bill de Blasio this morning. Mr. Sharpton claimed that Dante de Blasio, who is half black, would have been the target of an NYPD chokehold if he weren’t the mayor’s son.

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