AlterNet Features Op-Ed by PROP Director Robert Gangi

When Police Are Encouraged to Abuse, Not Protect

The NYPD’s quota system forces officers to crack down on the very people they are supposed to serve and protect.

AlterNet November 30, 2012

by: Robert Gangi

 

While the harmful effects of the NYPD’s stop and frisk tactic have received the most public attention, this practice does not represent the most serious problem with current policing policy in NYC. It is not the true dark heart of the beast. That honor goes to an agency wide quota system that police brass use to evaluate the performances of officers on the street and that drives a harsh, aggressive approach to law enforcement which, in a misguided effort to keep a lid on crime, results in the targeting and abusive treatment of our city’s most vulnerable groups.

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