Reading about Bratton and DeBlasio defending broken windows, I am so reminded of the many times Bloomberg defended stop and frisk. Mayor Mike warned us that the city would be in chaos without the use of stop and frisk. Today, we are told by Bratton and DeBlasio that massive crime will return unless we continue broken windows . Just imagine what would happen if we did not arrest people for crimes like “riding a bicycle on the sidewalk” or “walking through a park at night.” In all their justifications, they ignore the facts of selective law enforcement, content to allow Black and Latinos to be victims of broken windows. Bratton and DeBlasio are just as wrong in defending broken windows as Bloomberg was in his defense of stop and frisk. Their use of fear to defend broken windows is bankrupt.
We have elected officials “outraged” at police killings in Baltimore, South Carolina and Ferguson while they remain quiet about broken windows. They seem to actually be afraid of Commissioner Bratton and DeBlasio, who endorses everything the commissioner proposed. Here in the Bronx the lack of any response from our Borough president Ruben Diaz, Jr. is what we have come to expect. Perhaps he is too busy playing golf with Donald Trump .
The Daily News today informs us that Commissioner Bratton is opposed to the decriminalization of a number of quality of life offenses . This despite the fact that many of these so called minor crimes apparently are only enforced in Black and Latino communities . The statistics overwhelming prove that NYPD broken windows policing is only practiced on Black and Latino neighborhoods. Do we ride a bike on the sidewalk more than whites? Do we walk through parks at night more often? Do we smoke more marijuana? Bratton is perpetuating a Ferguson in New York with his unconstitutional broken windows policing. We cannot give up until we drive Bratton and broken windows out of New York……
So let’s see if I understand this: we in the Bronx are supposed to be so proud of our recently opened golf course given to Donald Trump as a gift by Mike Bloomberg and Borough President Ruben Diaz. The news reports glorifying this corporate welfare gift to Trump show only one brown face – that of Ruben Diaz – playing a better role being “subservient” to his master than Samuel Jackson in Django unchained. Diaz has no time to be critical of issues like broken windows as he is too busy giving out corporate welfare. The golf course will have fees unaffordable to most Bronxites, but why care when the priority is serving the rich And powerful? What better formula to advance a political career? Shame… Shame… Shame
Those who condemned stop and frisk but stay quiet about broken windows are complicit in their silence. You cannot condemn the racist criminal justice system in Ferguson while staying quiet about broken windows policing in New York City. As Dr. King often reminded us “silence is betrayal” and the “hottest places in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.” The assembly line of mass incarceration begins with broken windows. Which side are you on?
So our ” progressive” speaker Viverito wants money in next year’s budget for one thousand new cops . Why not spend that same money on more youth programs? Ever since Lynch pushed back we see the policy of appeasement being used by Viverito. We need leaders who don’t back down and are willing to speak up about police abuse , brutality and “broken windows”. Viverito should go to a criminal court and sit in an arraignment part for a few hours. She will see who is getting arrested and for what reasons . We don’t need one thousand new police but instead we need more youth programs and an end to broken windows…….
So tired of our spineless ” progressive ” elected officials who, now intimidated by NYPD, are afraid to speak about ” broken windows ” policing . In her speech last night, Speaker Viverito tip toed around this issue recommending less arrests but instead desk appearance tickets. Broken windows policing has resulted in 87 percent of arrests or summons being given to Blacks and Latinos for these minor crimes . It clearly discriminates by only enforcing these “minor”crimes in Black and Latino communities . Broken windows is in effect part of the mass incarceration machine in this nation. We need political leaders who speak directly to this, not leaders who tip toe around,this issue in fear that they will offend NYPD. ……Viverito , just like the mayor , has disappointed progressives once again on this critical issue. Broken windows is unconstitutional and must be taken on directly without being afraid to speak truth to power…..
Eric Schneiderman is running one hundred commercials a day highlighting that he treats the rich and powerful to the same “justice ” as common folk. What about the mortgage bankers that committed criminal fraud but were simply required to pay big fines but suffered no criminal prosecution? What about Carlos Velasquez, who misappropriated one million dollars from the Puerto Rican day parade and was never prosecuted by the AG? What about the Suffolk police whose excess force resulted in a death ….. Still waiting for an investigation by the AG ? Schneiderman in his misleading commercial seems to take credit for the prosecutions of politicians by the UU attorney. Where was the voice of this AG when Bloomberg / Kelly violated the rights of hundreds of thousands of young Black and Latinos? Why do we not hear his voice condemning the “broken windows ” policing? No, our present AG is business as usual. Special “justice” for the rich and powerful. Mass incarceration for rest. Vote GREEN not the machine.