Stop and Frisk, the Aftermath

Earlier this week I had a conversation with a friend, a very conservative Republican, about the Stop and Frisk ruling. His comment to me was “I can’t understand how you and other liberals can applaud the ruling. Don’t you realize that you have condemned the youth you supposedly support to an uncertain future? Don’t you realize how many African-American and Latino youth are going to be killed because this ruling handcuffs the police and does not allow them to do their job?”

I’ve known this person for years and would be one of the first to say that he doesn’t have racist bone in his body.… [Read more]

Judge says New York’s “Stop and Frisk” Law is Unconstitutional

“Far too many people in New York City have been deprived of this basic freedom far too often.”… “The NYPD’s practice of making stops that lack individualized reasonable suspicion has been so pervasive and persistent as to become not only a part of the NYPD’s standard operating procedure, but a fact of daily life in some New York City neighborhoods.”  So said Judge Shira A.… [Read more]

Domestic Violence + Call 911 = Victim Gets Arrested?

These days, violence is a frequent topic of discussion in the news. Recently, more often than not the issue is gun control, stop-and-frisk policies or even police training tactics gone horribly awry. What these subjects have in common is that they take into consideration the rights and background of the targets and the accused.

Not long ago, New York City’s police department announced that they will run criminal background checks on those who report instances of domestic violence.… [Read more]

Stop-and-Frisk Milestone Reached and it’s Nothing to be Proud Of

With approximately 34,500 uniformed officers and 51,000 employees overall – even more than the Federal Bureau of Investigation – the New York City Police Department is the largest police force in the country. It’s a powerful army in its own right and it has been expanding its global presence as it continues to fight the global war on terror.… [Read more]

The Battle Against Stop and Frisk

One rationale for continuing stop and frisk practices is that it is a viable, proactive and productive way for law enforcement to combat crime. Personally, I beg to differ; in my opinion it’s like using a sledgehammer on a nail. You may get the desired result but what else are you smashing?

That’s how I feel about “Stop and Frisk.” We are well aware of the controversy surrounding the stop and frisk practices in New York City.… [Read more]

Direct Action and Direct Actors

Right this moment there are 1,500 Palestinian prisoners participating in a hunger strike to petition Israel’s apartheid government for fair trials; meanwhile in a wide network of suburban homes, corporate coffee shops, and lunch-break cubicles, a swarm of slightly-overweight opinioneers is debating, defeating, and prefiguring the validity of whatever we could call the democratic, anti-capitalist awakening which is taking hold of this country.… [Read more]

Jihad. Mixed Messages. Regret.

Last month, a story broke that nearly 1,500 NYPD officers were shown a documentary during anti-terrorism training called “The Third Jihad“.  This revelation has created much controversy and goes to show that if you lead a horse to water, it just might drink that bright, red Kool Aid instead.

One media giant, apparently stunned and hungry for verbal bitch-slapping, published two articles, an op-ed, and an editorial in the past month claiming the film had “anti-Islam” themes and was inappropriate to show NYPD officers.… [Read more]

Un-Occupied?

So, what’s the news today?  Let me check.  Hmm…OK, here’s an evolving story:  The New York City Police Department raided the Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park.  Based on the comments I’m reading, I get the impression that some people are surprised.  Really?  Why?  Didn’t they see something like this happening after it was announced weeks ago that Zuccotti Park needed a clean up?  … [Read more]