Healing the Rift Between Police and Public

Friday, August 08, 2014


The death of Eric Garner. Violence at Rikers Island. The debate over "broken windows" policing. These stories have dominated headlines in recent weeks and highlight the often troubled relationship between law enforcement officers and the people they've sworn to protect.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton say they want to reset the relationship and expand community policing, but how will they overcome the distrust that has been hard to bridge in the past?

Chris Stone, president of the Open Society Foundations, said police leaders across the country face a choice.

"They can continue to rely on technological gadgets and brute force," Stone said. "Or focus most heavily on strengthening relationships with the people they're policing."


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Sammo from nyc

The Garner case was an unfortunate incident. I believe nobody wanted it that way.

I have no problem with the stop and frisk approach. There is sound rationale in that stopping the petty crimes will prevent bigger ones. But... the root of crimes? Basically, humans are just slightly better animals. Many of us need to be educated (we're good at teaching chimps, aren't we?). So, do they still teach manners and proper behaviors in schools? Don't think so. The modern families are to blame also, that we also know. Most households have 2 parents working to make ends meet. So, who's there to discipline the kids in their absence? Teachers don't usually because of possible parental belligerence. How do we deal with modern times? Don't blame the cops altogether. However, cops need to be educated also.

Aug. 09 2014 10:50 AM
Staten Island from North Shore, Staten Island

Make us safe: disband the 120th Precinct! The problem lies in the culture: most of these cops live on Staten Island - but NOT on the North Shore. They live in nice, suburban, middle class neighborhoods. At the same time, these are young guys, who wish they were fighting "real" crime, so they create action-movie scenarios to prove themselves to each other. We've had MANY problems with this precinct. New commanders have been installed. It doesn't matter: it's the culture. Scatter these cops throughout the NYPD, throughout the city. That's how Staten Islanders living in this precinct can be protected. On another note, "broken window" paradigms work... constrast the 120 with the new precinct, the 121. The difference is respecting the community, not attacking "them" 'cause they're not like you.

Aug. 08 2014 07:31 PM

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