Following the death of Eric Garner, some are now pushing for changes to Police Commissioner Bill Brattonâs âbroken windowsâ strategy.
The theory suggests that if you stop minor crime, it will prevent more serious offenses.
But the New York Times reports some community leaders are now wondering if police are spending too much time going after petty crime.Â Garner was initially confronted by police for selling untaxed cigarettes, before an officer put him in a chokehold.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says itâs time to re-evaluate the strategy, because the city is a lot safer than the last time Bratton was commissioner.
âThis is a good moment,â he said, âto re-evaluate what comes after âbroken windows,â now that the windows are no longer broken.â
Bratton has been reluctant to change his policy, saying Garnerâs death would not result in a change in focus.
âItâs a key part of what weâre doing,â he said
He believes that disorderly behavior will proliferate quickly unless itâs confronted by police.Â BrattonÂ left open the possibility that police could use less force in the future.
But with the number of arrests climbing for minor offenses, those who called for changes to stop and frisk could now turn their attention to the âbroken windowsâ strategy.
The NYPD made 394,539 arrests last year.Â Thatâs tens of thousands more than in 1995 when there were three times as many murders.
Source:Â New York Times
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