In 2014 two rookie officers with the NYPD shot a Black man to death on a weekday afternoon on a busy commercial street outside my office window. A pedestrian was also injured by a stray bullet that day.
As Philip V. McHarris and Thenjiwe McHarris articulated in a recent New York Times Opinion piece, “We live in a violent society, but the police rarely guarantee safety. Now more than ever is the time to divest not only from police resources but also the idea that the police keep us safe.”
The Center for Court Innovation recently released a report that documents how restorative approaches are currently being applied to intimate partner violence (a.k.a. domestic violence) in the United States.
In 2018, leaked body camera footage showed an Asheville, North Carolina, police officer beating and using a stun gun on pedestrian Johnnie Rush. Last month, former officer Chris Hickman pleaded guilty to assaulting Rush and received a sentence of 12 months of probation with no jail time.
In case you missed it, over the Summer WNYC’s On The Media aired a three-part series called Repairing Justice.
WNYC recently aired a story responding to a spate of hate-based incidents that have taken place across the five boroughs in the last few months. In his reporting, Arun Venugopal revisited the 2013 attack on a Harlem physician who was mistaken for Muslim by his attackers (he is Sikh and wears a turban). What the recent incidents have in common with the 2013 attack is that the alleged perpetrators were people of color.