Broken windows policing and PROP, in recent news…The problems caused by “broken windows” policing for our city have literally become front-page news. The release of the initial findings of PROP’s court monitoring report, “Broken Windows Policing- A True Tale of Two Cities,” that the NYPD spends the lion’s share of its resources on targeting low-income communities of color by arresting and ticketing people for innocent or innocuous activities, helped stoke an unusual amount of media coverage for a single issue.
Here’s a few samples of that coverage:
- Op-ed article written by PROP’s Director, Robert Gangi, published in the Daily News.
- A front page Daily News story documenting the stark racial bias in how the NYPD issues summonses for petty infractions
- Learn the facts with their interactive data chart here!
- A New York Times editorial, “Broken Windows, Broken Lives” that’s sharply critical of the tactic.
- A video clip from News 12 Brooklyn of PROP intern Destinie Keyes explaining the aim of our August 2nd Petition Day to expose and remedy the harm caused by “broken windows” policing.
- An article from the online news source, Gothamist, presenting the key findings of PROP’s report to good effect.
- An article from the civil service employee newspaper, The Chief, featuring an interview with Bob Gangi and a strong critique of “broken windows.”
- Gangi’s New York Times letter to the editor that makes the connection between “broken windows” and the tragic and senseless death of Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD officers.
- A Daily News article on the lame and disappointing responses from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to the paper’s hard-hitting report on the stark racial bias reflected in the NYPD’s summonses practices.
- A Daily News op-ed by Professor Steve Zeidman from CUNY School of Law pointing out the waste, harm, and injustices associated with the methods that the NYPD uses to carry out “broken windows” policing in our city.
Please be in touch with us if you have questions and/or comments about any of this: “broken windows,” PROP’s efforts, or the media’s coverage of these issues. Also feel free to contact us, in particular, if you’d like to know more about our court monitoring project or to join its purposeful ranks in the coming months.