Racial Profiling

New “Stop and Frisk” rules for NYPD

March 5, 2015

The case of Floyd vs. City of New York challenged the practice of the NYPD known as stop and frisk. The essential allegation in the case, which achieved class action status, was that the stops, and what followed, were made on the basis of race and/or national origin. The charge was based, in part, on the apparently undisputed fact that a hugely disproportionate number of blacks and Latinos were stopped and frisked in New York […] Read On

“Broken Windows” Policing under Attack

August 20, 2014

You may have seen one or more news articles recently which talk about something called “broken windows” policing. If you haven’t had any exposure to the concept, it can be a bit confusing. Broken windows theory says (or at least suggests) that maintaining well-ordered urban environments may stop additional vandalism and avoid an escalation into more serious crimes. What’s behind the language is the idea that if you have a building with a few broken […] Read On

Racial profiling by . . . Macy’s?

May 14, 2014

Racial profiling is a term that we’ve been hearing a lot about lately. In the Big Apple, it’s peppered throughout many reports on the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy. It’s also been a major news item in stories about police activity in Los Angeles, Durham, and in a host of other towns and cities across the country. In each case, local police departments are faced with allegations that they are arresting a disproportionate number of […] Read On

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