De Blasio at Six Months: Crime and Policing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)

All this week on the Brian Lehrer Show we're checking in on the de Blasio administration's progress on a variety of key issues, six months into his first term. We'll talk to advocacy groups about how the mayor has lived up to his campaign promises on the environment, crime, housing, and more. Friday, we'll hear from Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris.

Monifa Bandele, organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and Communities United for Police Reform discusses how Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio have changed policing tactics -- and what still needs to be done to improve community-police relations.


Monifa Bandele

Comments [15]

Colin from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

As a life long New York City resident and 31 year African-American veteran of the NYPD. I have participated in a few "takedowns" and executed more than a few search warrants. And yes they are disruptive to the community. But so is cancer surgery and chemotherapy. Both procedures are just as hard on the body as they are on the cancer we are trying to cure. These young men and boys are choosing to play the role of cancer in our communities. They don't not care about uplifting the race or seeking for the betterment of the community. Their only goal is to prey on those who live in close proximity to them.

I am not saying that the NYPD is above criticism. Far from it. But advocacy groups like the ones that Monifa Bandele represents when they go on public forums such as the Brian Lehrer Show should present a balanced view. They should acknowledge that these criminal young men are what they are, a greater danger to communities of color than the errant actions of law enforcement. She seemed in this case to be not to be too disturbed by the actions of these criminal young men, who kill and hurt each other and innocents than they are to the good faith efforts of law enforcement. By presenting a balanced view her legitimate criticisms of the errors of law enforcement would have more weight. In this interview Ms. Bandele sounded more like a PR firm hired by the "gang bangers" than for someone advocating for the well being of the communities of color.

Jul. 17 2014 12:30 AM
Paul from Brooklyn, NY

The DiBlasio-Bratton "era"?

Well it appears it's been twenty five years later and after term limits was abolished in 2016 Mayor For Life Bill de Blasio feels pretty comfortable in his anti-grav mansion floating somewhere now above Central Park, " My long time friend Bill is ready to serve another twenty five years".

Jul. 15 2014 09:25 PM
Jacob from Bed Stuy

Stop and Frisk is constitutional and legal, it was upheld as such by the Supreme Court in Terry v. Ohio (1968). What was struck down last year was the application of it by NYPD as they targeted young men of color. This point seems lost on pretty much everyone in this conversation, which is quite shocking. There is nothing wrong with equitably practiced Stop and Frisk and it has been proven as an effective law enforcement tool that keeps both the police and public safe.

Jul. 15 2014 08:32 PM
Chanita from Bed Stuy

White middle and upper class liberals who oppose stop and frisk would never step foot in a public housing development, let alone live in one, so it's high time they shut the heck up about it as their opinions on the matter are irrelevant. And decent black folk who want to improve their communities had better step up and recognize that stop and frisk work along with hot-spot and community policing. You can't have it both ways - either more cops or more crime - totally up to you.

Jul. 15 2014 08:15 PM
Tina from Queens

No need for the DeBlasio administration to spend public money on another expensive "research study" to see if there is or not a connection between terminating the "stop and frisk" program and the rise in shootings in minority neighborhoods. We know what the result of this research will be - OF COURSE the city did NOT find any connection between these two. If it did that would mean that the DeBlasio administration was wrong when they terminated the "stop and frisk" program. And they cannot afford to be wrong so early in the job!
On the other hand - the people in the minority communities - WHAT EXACTLY DO THEY WANT FROM LIFE? If they want a safe, peaceful life - which I think they do - than THEY should take responsibility for their teen men population - because they are the crux of the problem. They should get organized and publicly shun any teen man found with a gun, BEFORE he gets to shoot another of his peers, or any unfortunate little girl sitting quietly in her living room.
The adults and elderly in the minority community should get together and try to implement some type of tribal mentality, where everybody cares about every member of the community, and they should make the recalcitrant elements feel ashamed and eventually isolated from the people these thugs care about. Because, yes, even teens with guns must care about somebody, must have at least one person they love and appreciate, and need moral and emotional support - they are humans too. Unfortunately, in today's society in general, and in their community in special, they find it in the wrong place - on the street, in their gang communities.
Gangs should be made, and eventually would be made, irrelevant if the adults cared more about their children. The fathers of these young men should be responsibly involved in their sons' lives - spend time with them, so that that they don't look for social life on the streets.
And, MAYBE, another step - this time, legislator could take - is give local business some kind of incentive to hire teens over illegal immigrants on low paid jobs. I know quite a few teens that would not mind earning some pocket money if they were hired. But a lot of businesses, here in NY, do not want to hire teenagers, because they can afford not to (they have the choice of mature, responsible illegals doing the same, if not, a better job).
Teenagers might stay out of trouble if they worked during their free time. At least it's worth trying.

Jul. 15 2014 12:13 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Monifa, great job. Keep it up.

Jul. 15 2014 11:33 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Other thing is, even if some connection is found, constitutional rights are at issue here.

Jul. 15 2014 11:24 AM
Amy from Manhattan

BK, that raid was way beyond what was necessary, incl. hauling a 3-year-old out of bed & refusing to let her get dressed. There are better ways to approach reducing crime.

Jul. 15 2014 11:15 AM
mike from long island

take down sidewalk sheds where criminals hang out? does the minority community take resposibility for anything?? the woman guest was a disgrace, she should get a real job, instead of being a professional crybaby. she outght to become a cop, make a difference from the inside. yeah right. a few months on the job, her tune would change big time.

Jul. 15 2014 11:05 AM
BK from Hoboken

So the guest complains about safety in NyCHA housing bit then complains when the NYPD executes a large anti gang initiative. Sitting here shaking my head.

Jul. 15 2014 10:58 AM
Amy from Manhattan

There was a report recently that people who've been stopped & frisked are less likely to report crimes to the police, even when they're the victim. This is counterproductive, & it also means that lower crime stats may be inaccurate.

Jul. 15 2014 10:51 AM
Estelle from Brooklyn

When criminals commit offenses , citizens have a recourse. When the government commits offenses there is no recourse. Think of the SS in Nazi Germany. "Stop and frisk," means ordinary and usually innocent people have to be afraid of the government. That's scary.

Jul. 15 2014 10:48 AM
john from office

This guest proves that the Black Community is suicidal. Cop hating, don't arrest our kids (Gang Members). How about not carrying guns??, Not smoking pot?? Not having baby mammas??

Jul. 15 2014 10:47 AM

If ending "stop and frisk" results in more shootings in the short-term then so be it. It's far better than creating a future generation of minority citizens that have an extreme adversarial relationship with the police. Things would be far worse then, so it's best that we stopped this policy now.

Jul. 15 2014 10:44 AM
fuva from harlemworld

If this is the second lowest rate of shootings in so many years, HOW DOES THE QUESTION OF A CONNECTION TO SQAF EVEN GET ASKED???
It underscores the HUGE BIAS IN THE MEDIA AND POWER STRUCTURE, and the uphill battle for justice these alienated communities continue to face.

Jul. 15 2014 10:40 AM

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