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Broken Windows Policing | BK Live

10/07/2016
BRIC TV

The broken windows policing policy came into existence nationwide in the early 80s, with the intent to reduce criminal activity in what were known as "disruptive environments.'

To speak on the dated and problematic nature of the policies are Alex Vitale, a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College, Nahal Zamani, Program Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Anthonine Pierre, Community Organizer at the Brooklyn Movement Center.

Cops & Community: Innovations Around Policing Town Hall | #BHeard

10/06/2016
BRIC TV
The killings of unarmed black civilians by the police have sparked a nationwide conversation around race and police violence. What innovations are underway that can help us think differently about the role of law enforcement in our society? BRIC TV Senior Correspondent Brian Vines moderates a panel of luminaries about ideas around innovations around policing practices in our communities.

After Release of Arrest Video, Ramarley Graham's Family Files FOIL Request to Uncover Truth

Graham's family and supporters say that the video, which shows a paramedic putting a sheet over Graham's face, indicates that he didn't die in the hospital where police officials said he died.
09/29/2016
ColorLines

Barely a week after the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced a disciplinary trial against Officer Richard Haste for his role in the shooting death of Ramarley Graham, a new surveillance video of the arrest and a lack of answers from city officials has prompted Graham's family and supporters to file a 

Ramarley Graham’s Mother Wants Answers From the City on Unarmed Son’s Death

09/29/2016
Observer
Four-and-a-half years after unarmed Bronx teen Ramarley Graham was fatally shot by a police officer, his mother is asking Mayor Bill de Blasio to meet a demand he made while public advocate—that there be a “fair, speedy and transparent investigation” into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

NYC's new police boss successfully handles first big test

09/19/2016
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — It took James O'Neill more than three decades as a cop to ascend to the top of the nation's largest police department, but only a little more than day to get his first real test.

O'Neill's first full day as New York City's police commissioner ended with him racing to the scene of an explosion Saturday in the Manhattan's bustling Chelsea neighborhood that injured 29 people. He immediately took charge of the investigation, offering the nation its first, up-close look at his no-nonsense, just-the-facts management style.

Top cop retires, ending tough-on-crime era in NYC. What's next?

BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: Commissioner Bratton steps down after four decades of reducing crime in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. But in the wake of protests and shootings, many police departments are now working on rebuilding trust with their communities.
09/17/2016
Christian Science Monitor
NEW YORK — On Friday, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton will step down after a 45-year career that made him perhaps the most influential police officer of the past half century.
 
He oversaw a breathtaking reduction in crime in New York and ushered in safer streets in Boston and Los Angeles. He championed techniques that in many ways revolutionized American policing. Yet, there is a sense today that his towering reputation should come with an asterisk.
 

The outgoing chief of the largest US police force took a final shot at police reform advocates

09/16/2016
Business Insider

New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton stepped down from his post on Friday, and gave a parting snub to his critics in a New York Times op-ed.

"There are police reformers from outside the profession who think that changing police culture is a matter of passing regulations, establishing oversight bodies and more or less legislating a new order. It is not," Bratton wrote.

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