President Obama is pushing for more community policing and less use of military grade equipment. The White House has released the final report from a special task force on policing. The goal was to find ways to improve the relationship between citizens and the police after a series of high-profile deaths. Jose Lopez of Make the Road New York served on the task force and joined us to talk about efforts on both the state and federal level.
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A coalition of civil rights and social justice organizations in New York City came out Thursday against a City Council plan to hire 1,000 police officers. The group of organizations, which collectively represent communities of color, the LGBT community, low-income residents, youth, the homeless and immigrant New Yorkers, said adding the officers amid growing concerns about police accountability in New York and across the nation would be a bad move.
Mayor de Blasio exaggerated the effectiveness of his reforms of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program in an address to a predominantly black audience.
Speaking in prepared remarks to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Wednesday, de Blasio compared his application of the controversial crime-fighting tactic to the way it was done under ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.