The Way It Is, Like It Or Not...
"In a trial that focuses on the New York City Police Department’s controversial practice of promoting “stop and frisk” — approaching and shaking down people, without specific cause, who officers think might be up to no good — police department officials have come up with a novel explanation: officers are leaned on to “produce” because they’re too damned lazy to do their jobs otherwise. Without necessarily conceding that “performance goals” are the same as quotas, the brass insists that they have to set minimum standards to get cops out of their cars and … err … interacting with the public or they’d doze and eat doughnuts all day."
~ So, in other words, after denying quotas for years, we’re learning that they’re essential tools for keeping police from becoming lazy. Nice. I love the irony of posting this right around a post about Bloomberg telling us not to criticize the NYPD.
So, in other words, after denying quotas for years, we’re learning that they’re essential tools for keeping police from becoming lazy.
Nice. I love the irony of posting this right around a post about Bloomberg telling us not to criticize the NYPD.
"In a speech at 1 Police Plaza today Mayor Bloomberg gave a blistering critique of anyone who would dare challenge the NYPD—be it civil liberties groups, mayoral candidates, or the press. “My message is simple: Stop playing politics with public safety. Look at what’s happened in Boston,” Bloomberg said. “Remember what happened here on 9/11."
I’ve heard about things like this before; where sex workers (including dancers) have been busted for prostitution because they were found to be in possession of condoms.
The evening’s theme is “Pretty Woman Redux.” The gathering is part of a monthly storytelling series from the sex-workers’ rights group, the Red Umbrella Project. For two hours, a handful of New York’s most articulate “hos” (as they endearingly call themselves), share intimate, industry tales.
As in past sessions, donations from the event will benefit a cause vital to every sex worker in the city: banning the New York Police Department’s well-documented practice of using condom possession as evidence of prostitution.
It’s a battle health rights advocates have fought for years. In every legislative session since 1999, proponents of a “No Condoms as Evidence” bill have asked state lawmakers to squelch the practice, citing evidence that it’s forced sex workers to stop carrying and using condoms altogether. In every session, the bill has died on the committee floor.
In recent months, however, efforts to engage lawmakers have accelerated, thanks to studies released in 2012 by the Pros Network and Human Rights Watch—two Manhattan-based organizations that say the policy has led to a serious public-health crisis.
In the Human Rights study, among a slew of other anecdotes, a sex worker named Anastasia L., claims she had unprotected sex “many times” to avoid the risk of arrest.
Hopefully this gets done, and honestly, it’s an embarrassingly silly way to put the screws to sex workers.
(Source: Vice Magazine)
NYPD Officer Blows Whistle On Stop & Frisk, Superior’s Told Him To Target “Male Blacks 14 to 21” (Must Read)
As hearings are under way to investigate New York City’s stop and frisk policy, one police officer is testifying that he was told by superiors to target young black men between the ages of 14 and 21.
Stop and frisk is a method of searching people in which a cop is able to stop someone he or she suspects of a crime, and is able to frisk that individual if they feel that there is some justification. New York City policy made 685,724 stops as part of the policy in 2011 alone. In total, they have made over 5 million stops, and 85 percent of those stopped were black or Latino. 88% were innocent, meaning they were not arrested or given a summons.
Officer Pedro Serrano, in court to testify yesterday, played a covert recording he’d obtained of an interraction with his superior where he was told the race of people to target, though not that he should stop everyone of that race:
Stop “the right people, the right time, the right location,” Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack is heard saying on the recording.
“He meant blacks and Hispanics,” Officer Pedro Serrano, who made the secret recording, testified Thursday in Manhattan federal court.
“So what am I supposed to do: Stop every black and Hispanic?”Serrano was heard saying on the tape, which was recorded last month at the 40th Precinct in the Bronx.[…]
“I have no problem telling you this,” the inspector said on the tape. “Male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem [to] tell you this, male blacks 14 to 21.”
During cross examination, City lawyer Brenda Cooke got Serrano to admit that McCormack never said he wanted Serrano to stop all blacks and Hispanics.
“Those specific words, no,” he told her.
The news about targeting black men tracks with yesterday’s revelations that the NYPD set quotas for arrests. It also explains the fact that, in 2011, NYPD made more stops of young black men than there actually are young black men in the city.
Serrano’s tape and testimony were introduced as evidence in a class-action lawsuit against the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic brought by four black New Yorkers who claim they were targeted because of their race.
Also, the first of several tapes surreptitiously made by Brooklyn cop Adrian Schoolcraft made its debut at the trial. The audio he recorded proved that the police department ‘manipulated’ crime reports to make to it seem like crime decreased in NYC.
After the NYPD found out about Adrian’s incriminating evidence, they broke into his apartment, handcuffed him and locked him in a insane asylum for 6 days against his will to silence him.
I used to defend this as “who else are you going to stop and frisk if you’re in the high crime neighborhoods that happen to be mostly Black and HIspanic.
Now? Fuck that. The NYPD needs to be stopped.
"The woman asked Officer Hill why he was stopping her. She wore jean shorts and a tight red shirt and had stood outdoors for half an hour. She’d had a conversation with a passing man. When Officer Hill searched her bag, he found a condom and $1.25. He arrested her for “loitering for the purpose of prostitution.” On the supporting deposition, he filled in the blanks for what she was wearing and how many condoms she had."
~ Ironically, New York City also gives out condoms for free in its safe sex efforts. I guess now if you’re caught with them, you’re automatically a prostitute. Talk about conflicting messages!
Ironically, New York City also gives out condoms for free in its safe sex efforts. I guess now if you’re caught with them, you’re automatically a prostitute.
Talk about conflicting messages!
An NYPD rapist who raped a teacher was not charged with rape because oral and anal penetration aren’t considered rape in New York State.
Let that marinate for awhile.
"Had Apple thefts not increased in 2012, “we would be experiencing a slight decline in crime citywide,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told The Wall Street Journal. Grand larceny was up 9% this year in NYC, a jump that can largely be attributed to the theft of expensive portable devices such as iPhones. The NYPD reported that between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, a total 11,447 Apple products were stolen in the city, marking a 40% increase over the number of Apple products stolen in 2011."
~ Had more police not been relegated to the job of revenue generators (ie: ticket writers) and were allowed to actually be police officers, I reckon those numbers would be different. Instead, we just blame Apple for making things people want to steal.
Had more police not been relegated to the job of revenue generators (ie: ticket writers) and were allowed to actually be police officers, I reckon those numbers would be different. Instead, we just blame Apple for making things people want to steal.
"A new report compiled by Transportation Alternatives highlights the need for serious reform in the way the NYPD investigates crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists. According to analysis of crashes in New York City from 1995 to 2009 for which the data is available, 60% of fatal pedestrian and bicyclist crashes are caused by illegal driving behavior. Another statistic provided by the report also suggests that the NYPD’s priorities are misplaced: in 2011 the police handed out four times as many tickets for tinted windows as it did for speeding."
First smoking, then soda — now there’s no dancing in New York City.
Caroline Stern, 55, and her boyfriend George Hess, 54, claim they were handcuffed for having happy feet on the platform of the Columbus Circle subway station — and spent 23 hours in custody as a result.
“I’m a dentist, and I’m 55, and I got arrested for dancing,” Stern told The Post. “It was absolutely ridiculous that this happened.”"