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NYC Mayor & NYPD Commissioner’s Rhetoric Not Matching Reality

NYPD Collaboration with ICE, Deception on NYPD/Broken Windows’ Contribution to Immigration Enforcement, Continued Brutality and Misconduct, Harassment of Muslim Officer

As Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner O’Neill prepare to tout February’s crime statistics, there are a range of incidents/examples that contradict their rhetoric. Such examples continue on a near-daily basis each month – see January, December, and November. The mayor and commissioner have taken no concrete action on police accountability, have taken regressive actions to hide police misconduct through self-serving reinterpretations of state law 50-a, and continue failing to address racial disparities in policing.
  • De Blasio continues to avoid the fact that broken windows policing, which targets communities of color and thus immigrant communities and that he continues to support, places New Yorkers at risk of ICE enforcement, particularly under the Trump administration’s expansive targeting. The NYPD went even so far to send out a legal officer to put out a misleading statement about turnstile jumping, as de Blasio and the NYPD continue to try obscuring the fact that their discriminatory enforcement actions contribute to ICE actions – the honoring of detainer requests is not the only way the city contributes to ICE activities.
February 4 - Police Shooting: A Five-Year Quest for Justice (The New York Review of Books)
February 16 - Cops Tackle Teen, Fracturing His Skull (Gothamist)
February 27 - Judge Holds NYPD’s Feet to Fire on Press Credentials (Courthouse News Service)

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Topics: Broken Windows