Friday, April 11 - 5pm
One Police Plaza (across from City Hall), Manhattan
Called by New Yorkers Against Bratton
We’re going to hold a “Community Report and Speakout” on the first 100 days of the 2nd Bratton era on Friday, April 11th. We would like to hear fro activists and community members most affected by Bratton’s policies as we gather outside of 1 Police Plaza at 5p, to speak on these issues:
- Bratton’s Criminalization of the Homeless
The death of homeless veteran Jerome Murdough in his Rikers cell last month after being arrested for the crime of sleeping in a housing staircase raises serious concerns about what Bratton’s “collaborative policing” actually means for vulnerable New Yorkers . The criminalization of the homeless and a propensity to arrest people for low-level crimes is a trademark of Bratton and of Broken Windows theory. Bratton previously attempted homeless sweeps in February but cancelled after activists mobilized. His most recent homeless crackdowns in Skid Row, in Los Angeles, point to policing in the service of gentrification. What does that mean for New Yorkers today?
- Bratton’s Police Crackdown in our Public Transportation Systems
The increase of arrests of pandhandlers, acrobats and “churro” ladies in the subway system is classic Bratton. This also mirrors a crackdown that many have seen in NYC buses, most evident in a recent incident involving a young black man brutalized and arrested in the Bronx after being pulled off the bus by the NYPD. While Bratton touts official drops in Stop and Frisks, doesn’t a crackdown on immigrants, the poor and young people of color on subways and buses parallel the spirit (if not the exact policy) of racial profiling that a majority of New Yorkers have already rejected?
- Bratton and De Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative
After an incident in January involving an elderly asian man bloodily arrested for jaywalking, there are serious questions about what this broad strategy will mean for New Yorkers. Expanding the power of police to now target NYers for minor traffic offenses after years of activism revealed abuses of power is not what reform is about. George Kelling, whom many will recognize as Bratton’s go-to guy on policing policy and philosophy, has already linked it with the Broken Windows approach that he helped popularize.
While these are some of the issues we have seen in the first 100 days of the new administration, we would like to incorporate as many views and opinions on the return of Bratton as possible. Bratton has largely controlled the media narrative and we need to make clear that the voices of the grassroots are the ultimate authority on what kind of job he and the NYPD are doing in our communities.
Recuerdan a Bratton?