NYC's Policing Summer

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a roundtable on police-community relations with Commissioner Bill Bratton, Reverend Al Sharpton, and others in City Hall's Blue Room, in C (Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office)

A grand jury will look into the death of Eric Garner, and there's a rally planned for Saturday on Staten Island. Meanwhile, stop and frisk numbers have declined by a jaw-dropping rate over last year, this past weekend saw a spate of gun violence, and the Bratton NYPD is facing questions about its strategy. DNAinfo criminal justice editor Murray Weiss discusses a hot summer in police-community relations.


Murray Weiss

Comments [10]

Lew from Rockland County, NY

Al Sharpton is in the business of victim mentality. That is he is all about convincing people they are eternal victims of the wider society. He is not about uplifting but convincing people they cannot advance because of this victim status.
This is not to say that Sharpton is wrong about the death of Eric Garner, it is that his characterization is wrong. Garner didn't deserve his fate BUT he was involved in illegal activity and obviously didn't take care of his personal health. He put himself at risk and consequences happened.
The officer that administered the choke hold should face the consequences for his action.If it's ruled as murder he should face the consequences for that. Both sides in this issue should accept that actions have consequences and accept some personal responsibility.
As for the end of stop and frisk, just look at all the shooting this past weekend. Who shot whom? In particular, who was it that shot and killed the two guys and was seen, on video, fleeing in a car. But I guess Mr. DeBlasio will have to wait until MAYOR Sharpton gives him permission to do what's necessary to protect the people Sharpton claims he speaks for. I guess not enough Black and Latino people have been killed by street criminals to justify safety measures.

Aug. 20 2014 08:05 PM
Harlem Resident from Harlem

Can we send Rev Al Sharpton back to Newburgh? This man is a disgrace and a racist. What should be reported on is Rev Al's shoddy 145th Street storefront which is an eye sore in the community and how this man doesnt pay his taxes and has ruined peoples lives with all his lies and rhetoric.

Aug. 20 2014 10:53 AM
joel hubbard from Smithtown

No words can bring justice to the homicide of Mr. Eric Garner. The the “man” with serious health problems! It is horrible how the actions of one can bring shame and disgrace to tens of thousands of good police officers and the memory of those that lived and died by their motto “Fidelis ad Mortem” meaning “Faithful Unto Death”. The N.Y.P.D.’S public motto C.P.R. is in need of judicial resuscitation it died on our streets with the murder of Eric Garner. “Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect” died in the unlawful painful death of a citizen, father of six and husband. A middle aged human being, morbidly obese with health issues as are many rich and poor Americans today. Poverty is a crime, a sentence of death for a just trying to get by in hard-times? Wanna buy a loosey? Justice must be served New York, Federal oversight into depriving citizens of their civil rights and lives are in order now! In a nation of cowards where is Attorney General Eric Holder? “I think we are still a nation that is too afraid to confront racial issues,” he said, adding that Americans are still hesitant to reach out to “one another across the color line [to] talk about racial issues.”

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Aug. 20 2014 10:44 AM
BK from Hoboken

What I haven't heard in all of these discussions is the alternative to the broken window policing. The last guest on the Takeaway railed against the broken windows method, community organizers rail against it, residents rail against it, callers rail against it. What's the alternative? The police are going to high crime areas and trying to stop crime. How do you propose they do this? I am not trolling- I seriously haven't heard an alternative suggested. Are there academics in places like John Jay College that offer alternatives? Are there other police departments nationally doing something different and seeing success? If you can get a serious criminal off the street because you happen to bust him jumping a turnstile, isn't that a good thing? The reason there aren't more white kids busted for pot is because they don't live in high crime areas that get more police attention. Of course whites smoke as much pot as blacks, but they are often lucky enough to live in an area that isn't saturated with cops looking for serious criminals (insert Wall St bank exec joke here).

Aug. 20 2014 10:32 AM
john from office

Lamar, you dont know what you are speaking about. Black cops shoot too, it is called defending yourself.

Lets recall the head stomping black cop from a few days ago, that caused no outrage.

You accept that you are just a victim of the poooolice.

Aug. 20 2014 10:27 AM
Erin from Brooklyn NY

How does the NYPD's decision to only hire police officers within a certain IQ bracket add to this issue? The police officers that i know have generally not graduated high school, not left their home towns, and not had the chance to develop intellectually before being given this crucial role? Should our police officers be held to a higher intelligence standard?

Aug. 20 2014 10:26 AM

Just stunning. "He got startled and 'a gun goes off'" and you know, these kinds of things are going ta' happen. Police officers are trained for a reason, and "these things" aren't SUPPOSED to happen. This...'inevitability' should NOT be accepted.

Aug. 20 2014 10:22 AM
Lamar from Harlem

Please ask your guest why is it that every time a black or hispanic person is shot or killed by the police, the officers are always white?

Aug. 20 2014 10:21 AM
Sredni Vashtar from the Shed Out Back

Epitaph is an unfortunately appropriate substitution for epithet in this case.

Aug. 20 2014 10:18 AM

I think the behavior of the paramedics in this case was criminal. They should be prosecuted for failure to treat Eric Garner. There does not seem to be as much outrage about the medical misconduct as there is about police misconduct. Please tell us what the paramedics SHOULD HAVE DONE.

Aug. 20 2014 10:11 AM

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