blinkernyc:

Throwback Thursday: 5 Ways MLK’s Dream Didn’t Come True in NYC

Fifty years later, while the negro may not entirely live on an “island of poverty,” and a Black man has joined the Presidential ranks, arguably much of the issues that kept Black Americans oppressed in MLK’s era are still active today.
In other words, America is still in default on that promissory note, and while some may point to the recent Zimmerman case as evidence, you actually need to look no further than New York City for proof.
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blinkernyc:

Throwback Thursday: 5 Ways MLK’s Dream Didn’t Come True in NYC

Fifty years later, while the negro may not entirely live on an “island of poverty,” and a Black man has joined the Presidential ranks, arguably much of the issues that kept Black Americans oppressed in MLK’s era are still active today.

In other words, America is still in default on that promissory note, and while some may point to the recent Zimmerman case as evidence, you actually need to look no further than New York City for proof.

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geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

NYPD Officers Need Better Accountability For Their Arrests

The NYPD has a principal-agent problem.
Take for example the NY Times publication on Noel Guzman, who was awarded $2.4 million Wednesday for a false arrest and beating he suffered at the hands of the NYPD in 2009. This incident happened in Inwood, a mostly Latino neighborhood in Northern Manhattan.
Then there’s Rayquan Callahan, a teen from Brownsville who sued the NYPD in February after an officer falsely arrested him without evidence of a crime committed, only to have that same officer arrest him on another false charge in retaliation little more than a week later.
NYC taxpayers also had to payout over $360,000 in settlements to victims of police abuse and brutality….

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NYPD officers are kept degrees apart from the impact of their arrests. It’s no wonder officers then will arrest people on bogus pot possession charges, they have no immediate knowledge of the socioeconomic costs of their actions.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

NYPD Officers Need Better Accountability For Their Arrests

The NYPD has a principal-agent problem.

Take for example the NY Times publication on Noel Guzman, who was awarded $2.4 million Wednesday for a false arrest and beating he suffered at the hands of the NYPD in 2009. This incident happened in Inwood, a mostly Latino neighborhood in Northern Manhattan.

Then there’s Rayquan Callahan, a teen from Brownsville who sued the NYPD in February after an officer falsely arrested him without evidence of a crime committed, only to have that same officer arrest him on another false charge in retaliation little more than a week later.

NYPD officers are kept degrees apart from the impact of their arrests. It’s no wonder officers then will arrest people on bogus pot possession charges, they have no immediate knowledge of the socioeconomic costs of their actions.

blinkernyc:

The Answer Isn’t Just A “Better Dosage” Of Stop And Frisk

If Bill Bratton, Mayor-elect de Blasio’s choice for NYPD Commissioner, still thinks moderation is the all encompassing key to fixing Stop and Frisk, little will change for NYers of color during the incoming administration’s term.
Stop and Frisk numbers this year could be over 50% lower than last year’s, if trends continue. Yet the racial distribution of Stop and Frisks remains virtually unchanged…
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The idea of there being a “better dosage” of Stop and Frisk is such ass-backwards-fuckery.
Some Colonial-mindset bullshit.

blinkernyc:

The Answer Isn’t Just A “Better Dosage” Of Stop And Frisk

If Bill Bratton, Mayor-elect de Blasio’s choice for NYPD Commissioner, still thinks moderation is the all encompassing key to fixing Stop and Frisk, little will change for NYers of color during the incoming administration’s term.

Stop and Frisk numbers this year could be over 50% lower than last year’s, if trends continue. Yet the racial distribution of Stop and Frisks remains virtually unchanged…

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The idea of there being a “better dosage” of Stop and Frisk is such ass-backwards-fuckery.

Some Colonial-mindset bullshit.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

For Nearly Every Crime, Latinos Disproportionately Arrested

New York City’s upcoming minority-majority may be gaining near-majority population numbers, but it’s still getting minority treatment by the City.
A much overshadowed Hispanic Day parade was held in NYC this Sunday. While there’s much to be celebrated, without a doubt most attendees were probably well aware of the awkward reality about the City’s relationship with its Latino residents: many remain the target of NYPD arrests….
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Don’t sleep on the power of prejudice: Latinos are almost proportionately integrated into the NYPD. You wouldn’t know that though from how disproportionately they’re targeted for arrest.
Recently, a Dominican native and NYPD officer in Washington Heights came forward about that issue, and similar.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

For Nearly Every Crime, Latinos Disproportionately Arrested

New York City’s upcoming minority-majority may be gaining near-majority population numbers, but it’s still getting minority treatment by the City.

A much overshadowed Hispanic Day parade was held in NYC this Sunday. While there’s much to be celebrated, without a doubt most attendees were probably well aware of the awkward reality about the City’s relationship with its Latino residents: many remain the target of NYPD arrests….

Continue Reading

Don’t sleep on the power of prejudice: Latinos are almost proportionately integrated into the NYPD. You wouldn’t know that though from how disproportionately they’re targeted for arrest.

Recently, a Dominican native and NYPD officer in Washington Heights came forward about that issue, and similar.

geoffmullings:

Special: Marijuana in NYC- The Blinker

Nearly 51,000 people in NYC were arrested for marijuana possession in 2011. The 2012 number is only expected to be higher, despite minimal efforts to stem the tide by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. This series tackles the real economic and social consequences of marijuana prohibition in the United State’s most densely populated city.

Check it out here!

geoffmullings:

THE NYPD’S CHOOSES EASY POT ARRESTS OVER FIGHTING SERIOUS CRIME

Crimes of more consequence, including murder and rape, rose significantly in some of the city’s highest pot arrest precincts. This rise in crime was over the same period as the NYPD’s rise in pot arrest rates, and occurred virtually only in communities of color.

Read more about the costs of the NYPD’s War on Pot

Insanity.

The impact of Stop and Frisk on #NYC

The impact of Stop and Frisk on #NYC

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withathousandwordsunspoken asked: Ah yes, thanks for explaining. I was truely curious. Of course there are other ways then selling weed to make ends meet. Perhaps people should start looking at other options. There are tons of government programs and group homes for people in need. They could even start up a lawn buisness or do some kind of labor. But of course, that is just my biasness talking, working with the sheriffs department and all.

I understand how that may be more prevalent in a suburban neighborhood, but in urban environments, especially dense ones like NYC, self-employment by legal means is costly, highly controlled by city government, and open to numerous costly liabilities and start up expenses. Government programs hardly suffice when you live in a city that is 4X more expensive than the rest of the country, and group homes are crowded and honestly more concerned about people deeply entrenched in generational poverty. And of course, living in a city, lawns don’t really exist, lol. All of this, of course, is not even with the complications of racial background and geographic bias in the city. The weed market is, sadly, a lot more easy to enter and perpetuate option. I think giving people that are in these positions options to get entry into livable wage employment might be the best strategy on a shallow level.

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withathousandwordsunspoken asked: Ummm, what is your issue with misdemeanors and weed?

My issue is that having a misdemeanor for intent to distribute marijuana (at least in how NYC applies its code) forces you to self-report on most job applications. Most of the people I know, and from what I can recall in many observations I’ve read about, sell weed because their job prospects are already pretty bad and they can’t seem to find a steady one that meets a realistic living wage. If many places (depending on the HR culture) are willing to toss out an applicant with a misdemeanor, and the reason the misdemeanor was incurred was because the person was unable to find another way to make ends meet, that seems to force him right back into the position in which he was when he incurred the misdemeanor… trying to make ends meet when job prospects don’t exist. It’s a cyclical system.