Stop and Frisk Coverage Nominated
Jeanmarie Evelly's summer 2012 investigation
of the impact of stop and frisk on Sector E of Brooklyn's 75th Precinct—the sector with the most stops in the precinct with the most such encounters—is a finalist for an award from the National Association of Black Journalists
With photographer Pearl Gabel, Evelly documented the multifaceted effects of the NYPD strategy and the nuanced opinions over its use.
Gun Violence in NYC: The Killer You Avoid Could Be Yourself
Lance Cpl. Richard Blumenstein/City Limits
In a recent radio address
, Mayor Bloomberg pointed with pride to the city's relatively low rate of deaths by firearm, which according to a health department report
is less than half the national rate. In the speech the mayor said his administration's work against gun violence has included "smart, pro-active policing that makes it much more likely that if you break our city's gun laws, you'll be caught," a reference to the controversial stop, question and frisk program that used 533,042 encounters to get 780 guns in 2012.
Bloomberg Invokes Terrorism in Case Against NYPD Reforms
Mayor Bloomberg on Tuesday attacked proposals to restrict and monitor the NYPD, saying those ideas "most often come from those who play no constructive role in keeping our city safe, but rather view their jobs as pointing fingers from the steps of City Hall."
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
FDNY, CIA, DIA, FBI, NRO/City Limits
The New York Post
's outrage at Council Speaker Christine Quinn's support for an NYPD inspector general may have reached biblical proportions ("JUDAS!" screamed its Thursday headline), but the newspaper has found inspectors general pretty useful in the past. Over the past five years, the newspaper has mentioned "inspector general"—in contexts not involving the NYPD—some 450 times.
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.
What Mayoral Candidates Say About the Disabled: Not Much
Marc Fader/City Limits
P.S. 33 in Chelsea is one of 750 schools in the city deemed accessible, thanks in part to the ramp seen above. But more than 1,000 schools are not on the list of accessible facilities.
Two weeks ago City Limits
published an investigation
by Ben Adler of Mayor Bloomberg's record on disability policy, which included harsh criticism from many advocates who think the administration (and non-mayoral agencies, like the MTA) have been cavalier toward the needs of the disabled when it comes to taxis, transit, schools, workforce development and emergency evacuation.
New York's Top Judge Echoes Our 2007 Bail Investigation
Jarrett Murphy/City Limits
In the fall of 2007, City Limits reported on the perverse impact
of financial bail—which forces some low-income defendant to stay locked up awaiting trial, disrupting work and family life and enticing some to make false guilty pleas. Two years ago, a Human Rights Watch
report came to much the same conclusion.
NYC Pensions Rethinking Guns; NRA Foresees Disaster
Office of the Public Advocate/City Limits
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio touring storm-damaged Breezy Point in November. After the Newtown shooting, de Blasio called for the city's pension funds to divest from gun companies. The NRA, meanwhile, says post-Sandy looting is an argument for all responsible citizens to arm themselves.
When Gov. Cuomo won sweeping new gun controls earlier this month, it introduced a little ironic tension into state policy: New York is now home to both the toughest gun law in the country and the biggest rifle maker in America—Remington, based in upstate Ilion, which has received millions in state subsidies aimed at supporting manufacturers.
New York City faces its own ironic twist: Home to among the most stringent handgun licensing schemes in America, led by a mayor who is enemy No. 1 of the gun lobby, the city's pension funds hold $18 million of stock in various gun companies.
Find the Gun Merchant Near You!
President Obama's announcement
on Wednesday of new gun control measures in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting has focused new attention on the people whose sales of guns are covered by the national instant background check system: Federal Firearms License holders.
People and businesses with FFLs can sell and buy guns in ways the rest of us can't; they can, for instance, ship a gun across state lines. There are 125,000 FFLs nationwide this month—about half are gun collectors, 40 percent are dealers, 5 percent are pawnbrokers who deal in guns and 5 percent are gun manufacturers.
City Limits Magazines’ Archive Now All Digital, Accessible
Marc Fader/City Limits
The online collection includes writings by some of New York City’s most recognized leaders—including Geoffrey Canada and Ruth Messinger—leading journalists, like Tom Robbins, Errol Louis, Alyssa Katz, Glenn Thrush and Michael Powell, and authors such as Tracie McMillan and Annia Ciezadlo.
Founded in 1976 after New York City’s fiscal crisis, City Limits has published more than 6,000 pages of investigative journalism, illustrations, and perspectives on urban policy and critical issues. With a grant from the New York Community Trust, this extensive archive is now digital (and fully accessible for free) online.
The online collection includes writings by some of New York City’s most recognized leaders—including Geoffrey Canada and Ruth Messinger—leading journalists, like Tom Robbins, Errol Lewis, Alyssa Katz, Glenn Thrush and Michael Powell, and authors such as Tracie McMillan and Annia Ciezadlo.
How the Gun Industry Got Rich Stoking Fear About Obama
A freckled boy with tousled hair looks into the camera and says, “I am NRA Country.” A black guy with dreadlocks echoes him, as do two pretty young women suppressing giggles, saying in unison, “We are NRA Country.” Then there’s country music star Justin Moore, leaning against a farm fence in worn jeans and a cowboy hat, strumming a guitar as scenes of Americana flash by. “You don’t have to look far—all you gotta do is look around,” he sings. “This is NRA Country.”
In Moore’s video, NRA Country looks like a wonderful place. The girls are pretty, the skies are blue, and people seem to spend a lot of time outdoors. But appearances aside, all is not well in NRA Country: according to the National Rifle Association, it faces existential peril in the form of Barack Obama’s possible second term.