Fear of Cops?

The Story

New Yorkers were shocked by recent videos showing residents taunting NYPD officers and dumping water on their heads while the officers were on duty. Mayor de Blasio has frequently mentioned “The Talk”the discussion that minority parents are said to have with their children, warning them of the dangers of interacting with cops. Do minority communities really live in fear of the police? 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Force: Use of force by NYPD officers is rare and restrained. Read more.

  2. Fear: Several recent incidents appear to show city residents openly insulting the policewithout fear of retribution. Read more.

  3. Impunity: Local district attorneys and other officials promote a culture of impunity in New York. Read more.

“The actions I saw in videos this weekend were unacceptable, shameful, and dangerous.”

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Backing the NYPD—by Accident By Heather Mac Donald (August 21, 2012)

“New York’s data-driven, proactive style of policing is government’s most progressive social program, for its benefits accrue disproportionately to those same minorities.”

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