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05.08.15 Liam Mathews

Two women who truly don’t give a fuck beat up a man who suggested they stop smoking weed in front of his Chelsea apartment building, DNAinfo reports. The incident happened April 29, when the man was walking his dogs in front of his West 16th Street building and noticed the two women smoking weed. DNAinfo […]

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05.01.15 Liam Mathews

The Daily News sent a reporter to Manhattan summons court to talk to people who were there for minor quality-of-life offenses, and the near-unanimous verdict is that broken windows policing is dumb. “It’s a waste of time,” said a man named Michael Joseph, 42, who was there to combat a ticket for not paying a […]

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04.20.15 Liam Mathews

At the same time the City Council Speaker is working on a bill to decriminalize low-level “broken windows” offenses like drinking in public and turnstile jumping, two cops in Brownsville are handing out tickets for spitting, Gothamist reports. In a video uploaded to YouTube, a young man films two officers as they write him up […]

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02.05.15 The Law

The NYPD does not want an apology. It has, instead, set its sights on a much bigger concession. A prize that gives the NYPD what it loves best: totalitarian power and felony arrest statistics. The nation’s largest police force now wants the mayor and our representatives in Albany to get down on their knees, beg […]

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Bucky Turco

On Wednesday, New York City’s top cop and most ardent broken windows proponent urged stiffer penalties for resisting arrest. After a hearing before state lawmakers in Lower Manhattan, Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters that the charge should be raised from a misdemeanor to a felony. “I think a felony would be very helpful in […]

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02.03.15 Christopher Inoa

Artist, journalist and political activist Molly Crabapple has released an arresting new video illustrating the history of the “Broken Windows” policy and how it hurts people of color. Crabapple, a subject of the FBI’s intrigue, details the policy championed by William Bratton during his past and current term as NYPD Commissioner. Throughout the course of […]

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01.29.15 Rhett Jones

As citywide protests have calmed down and the intense focus on the NYPD has begun to lift, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has announced two ways that he plans to push forward controversial policies. The most immediately ominous initiative is a plan for, in Bratton’s words, a “new patrol model for how we deploy resources.” This new […]

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01.16.15 Prachi Gupta

Five days after Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that the NYPD slowdown has ended, the city’s courthouses have indeed seen a “striking increase” in activity, reports the New York Daily News. The paper reports: “Low-level offenses are coming back through the system,” said Catherine Griffin, arraignments supervisor for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn. “Two […]

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01.09.15 Prachi Gupta

The NYPD’s slowdown, which has resulted in a more than 90% drop in summonses for low-level offenses and parking tickets from this time last year, is costing the city $10 million dollars in revenue a week. Though NYPD union heads deny that the slowdown is related to the NYPD’s ongoing clash with Mayor Bill de […]

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01.07.15 Bucky Turco

For a second week in a row, the NYPD isn’t working. From this period last year, arrests are down by 56%, and summonses for petty crimes are down a whopping 92% — from 4,077 to just 347. The sudden dip in activity seems to part fear for safety and part protest against Mayor Bill de […]

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