A resolution launched by House Democrats — and supported by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and lots of different members of New York’s congressional delegation — hyperlinks “damaged home windows” enforcement towards low-level crimes with police brutality.
The damaged home windows coverage, famously enforced by the NYPD, is credited by many with serving to dramatically slash the crime price in New York Metropolis from the 1990s to current. The idea is that going after the small offenses results in reductions in severe crimes.
“Police brutality and the usage of extreme and militarized power are among the many most severe ongoing human rights and civil liberties violations in the US and have led to neighborhood destabilization, a lower in public security, and the exacerbation of structural inequities,” reads the resolution, launched by AOC’s fellow “Squad” member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), because the nation has been rocked by the killing of George Floyd by the hands of police in Minneapolis.
“The system of policing in America, and its systemic focusing on of and use of lethal and brutal power towards folks of colour, notably Black folks, stems from the lengthy legacy of slavery, lynching, Jim Crow legal guidelines, and the Warfare on Medicine in the US and has been perpetuated by violent and dangerous regulation enforcement practices,” it reads.
The resolution then continues, “Up to date police practices that make use of policing for low stage offenses or so known as ‘damaged home windows’ policing, in addition to expanded and excessively militarized policing, has led to mass criminalization, heightened violence, and mass incarceration that disproportionately impacts Black and Brown folks.”
Damaged home windows enforcement was championed by William Bratton, who served as police commissioner beneath two mayors — Republican Rudy Giuliani and Invoice de Blasio, a left-leaning Democrat.
Pressley — a part of the quartet of first-term leftist feminine House members who name themselves “The Squad” together with Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — boasted that 135 Democrats signed on to the resolution.
New York Metropolis House members backing the resolution embody Ocasio-Cortez, Yvette Clarke, Adriano Espaillat, Hakeem Jeffries, Nydia Velazquez, Jerrold Nadler, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng and Carolyn Maloney.
Additionally signing on had been reasonable Lengthy Island House members Kathleen Rice, the previous Nassau County District lawyer, and Tom Suozzi.
However Rep. Peter King (R-Nassau) mentioned it was improper to lump in damaged home windows enforcement with police brutality.
“It was the damaged home windows policing that rotated New York Metropolis from having 2,000 murders a yr to 300 murders. It saved lives — particularly the lives of African People,” mentioned King, who plans to oppose the resolution.
Critics complain that strict enforcement of low-level offenses — corresponding to fare-beating, vandalism and pot possession — disproportionately impacts younger blacks and Hispanics.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo drew flak when he elevated MTA police presence within the subways to crack down on crimes underground — among the many naysayers was Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx, Queens).