Today at 11:45 a.m. at One Police Plaza in Manhattan, Rep. Jeffries and four other members of the New York congressional delegation will call for the Department of Justice to takeover the Eric Garner investigation and look into “broken windows” policing.
Eric Garner was killed on July 17, 2014 by New York Police Officer Dan Pantaleo after Pantaleo began choking him as he and other officers attempted to arrest Garner for allegedly selling lose cigarettes on Staten Island. The medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide. The incident was videotaped by a bystander.
“Broken windows” style policing, which advocates for police interaction for minor offenses, has never been statistically proven to work. Statistics tabulated by the New York City Police Department show that the policing strategy focuses primarily on Black and Hispanic New Yorkers. The “broken windows” theory was introduced in a 1982 in a written article by James Wilson and George Kelling.
One of the byproducts of the policy — pushed by Ray Kelly and current NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton — was the mass use of stop and frisk. Since 2001, the NYPD has stopped over a million innocent New Yorkers as a result, the majority being Black and Hispanic. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg endorsed and pushed the policy, current Mayor Bill DeBlasio stopped it when he took office in January 2014.