Thursday, June 14, 2012


I'm familiar with the arguments in favor and against the "broken windows" theory.  This is clearly an argument against and I'm stumped as to how the NYPD and the courts have found this tactic legal. (thanks MW)

From the NYT...
Last year, police officers in New York City stopped and frisked people 685,724 times. Eighty-seven percent of those searches involved blacks or Latinos. 
By [Tyquan Brehon's] count, before his 18th birthday, he had been unjustifiably stopped by the police more than 60 times. On several occasions, merely because he asked why he had been stopped, he was handcuffed, placed in a cell and detained for hours before being released without charges. These experiences were scarring; Mr. Brehon did whatever he could to avoid the police, often feeling as if he were a prisoner in his home.

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