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True or False: New York City Already Bans Racial Profiling
Stop-and-Frisk Ruling: Key Background
As analysts weigh what this means for Mayor Bloomberg's legacy, the 2013 campaign and crime-fighting under the next mayor, what does it mean for the areas most affected by that policing strategy?
Last year we looked at the street-level impact of the practice in Sector E of the 75th precinct--the section of East New York that, NYPD statistics showed, saw the most frequent use of the tactic. Read our coverage here.
Bloomberg Invokes Terrorism in Case Against NYPD Reforms
In the speech (the full text can be read here and the video seen here) the mayor suggested that the reform proposals could lead to more murders, create deadly confusion among police officers and perhaps even make it easier for terrorists to strike the city.
Outside the NYPD, Inspectors General Are Everywhere
Recent examples of government incompetence/corruption chronicled by the Post and involving inspectors general include a probe of the city's top traffic judge for pitching a rental property at work, a Queens nursing home exec billing Medicaid for the use of a Lexus, revelations that construction workers at the World Trade Center were smoking and dealing pot on site, and failures by then-Treasury Secretary Tim Geither to restrict executive pay at corporations bailed out by federal taxpayers.
Police Conduct at Parade Unlikely to Get Board's Review
Recounting at a press conference on Tuesday the events at Monday's parade, Councilman Jumaane Williams and Kirsten John Foy, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's community affairs director, said they showed their City-issued identification, explained they had permission to skirt the barrier, and were promptly handcuffed. A video of the incident shows officers surrounding Foy and tackling him to the grass in front of the Brooklyn Library. The NYPD claimed that an officer had been punched in the face, a claim that Williams termed "bald-faced lies."
Opponents Of Over-Policing Target 'Vague Laws'
Jostling, along with Criminal Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, Loitering for the Purpose of Engaging in a Prostitution Offense and several other New York State laws contain broad and equivocal wording. Punishments for the above violations and crimes can potentially including jail time and heavy fines. Timothy Sandefur, the principal attorney of The Pacific Legal Foundation, condemns the serious consequences resulting from many vague laws on the federal and state level. "Vagueness," he wrote in a 2010 Forbes op-ed "turns the law into a sword dangling over citizens' heads."