The NYPD’s war on mass incarceration




Cop communications from the winter of 2014-15 present — gasp — that the NYPD was doing its job within the wake of the riots in Ferguson, Mo.

The practically 700 emails despatched between November 2014 and January 2015, and launched after a Freedom of Information lawsuit, merely attest to the truth that the NYPD was retaining a detailed watch on teams of Black Lives Matter activists within the wake of the Ferguson unrest.

“The emails were a means for NYPD to receive reports and photographs from its undercover officers and civilian sources, to provide information to its operatives at the protests and to allow the NYPD officers on the ground to communicate among themselves,” stated lawyer M.J. Williams, whose regulation agency obtained the messages.

Sounds like a cop’s job. And seems to be, as Police Commissioner James O’Neill stated Thursday, prefer it was achieved by the ebook: It’s completely authorized to make use of undercovers at public conferences, particularly when a significant outbreak of violence is a critical chance.

No, it wouldn’t be kosher to analyze BLM as a political motion — to, e.g., ship undercovers to months of conferences. But when anger is excessive, because it was then due to the Eric Garner case, the NYPD has each proper to watch just a few folks it knew “had specific plans to go beyond lawful protest.”

Yes, the emails present that many officers had little respect for the views of the protesters, who they referred to as “idiots” and “ninjas.” But cops’ contempt is comprehensible.

After all, BLM activists routinely complain about each “mass incarceration” and “broken windows policing.” Yet that policing technique has massively decreased incarceration by stopping crime within the first place.

The Rikers Island inhabitants, for instance, dropped practically in half through the 10 years after 1993, and has stored shrinking ever since. Prison commitments from the town fell 70 p.c in that decade, with the same continued decline since.

New York City cops, briefly, have achieved much more to realize BLMers’ idealistic objectives than any protest, ever.




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