Commissioner Bratton hassuspended one of the officers seen kicking a person being arrested while on the ground.
A letter from Council member Carlos Menchaca and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez makes clear that the NYPD has rebuffed previous efforts by local officials to have a meaningful dialogue about how policing is conducted in Sunset Park. At the root of this problem is the "zero tolerance" mindset of many police. While aspects of this run deep in the culture of the NYPD, this corrosive mindset has been exacerbated in recent decades as a result of the adoption of a whole series of zero tolerance tactics tied to the Broken Windows theory and its obsession with micro managing public behavior. The fact is that people do not want the police to control every aspect of their lives and they resent the constant intrusions and harassment that are commonplace in communities of color as well as among vulnerable populations like homeless people, street vendors, and sex workers. I will add that people attempting to protest are met with a similar hostility and micromanagement, which I have described at length in previous writings.
The NYPD has got to pull back from the Broken Windows theory and the constant harassment it engenders. Failure to do so will result in more resistance and ever escalating conflicts between the police and the public, which will make restoring positive police community relations all the more difficult.
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