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Sean Gardiner, crime reporter for The Wall Street Journal, explains a reform for the NYPD's Civilian Complaint Review Board and what it says about police practices.
CCRB is nothing but one big joke, a trick panel of powerless officials who pick up a nice check and have the power to enforce absolutely nothing. If anything its another arm of NYPD. Complaints fall into a bureaucratic abyss and one can literally guess with certainty what the findings and outcome will be no matter what egregious act police officers are accused of. Until CCRB panel has real power independent of NYPD pursing charges is a Big waste of time.
Sheldon, I am too, but the police are in the middle of a tug of war between elections. Quinn is running for office and will do and say anything to get the vote of those who complain the most. You cannot and should not politize police protection and crime prevention. And, these poeple offer no solutions only complaints.
last week there was a report on bbc world service regarding rotterdam's police department priority setting, and the public getting a strong presence in the allocation of police resources.
while the police in this princedom (especially under king bloomberg) are unlikely to cede any real power to the public, the statistics in rotterdam were compelling. we need more than a review board when cyclist and pedestrian fatalities due to poor driving go unpunished, and so many minority citizens suffer obvious discrimination due to the color of their skin and economic status.
the job of the police is to protect and serve, we citizens should be able to define what those two terms mean.
John, I'm for a strong Police force too, that enoforces and also ABIDES by the rule of law.
Brian, the ACLU and the City Council will not be happy until the police drive around in tricycles and have water guns. They long for the 60's and 70's and the chaos that existed. I am for a strong police force.
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