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New York City Police Department
New York City Police Department news and analysis from The Nation
June 21, 2021
How Progressives Could Lose New York’s Mayor’s Race—but Win the City
Up and down the ballot, from office of the comptroller to the City Council, progressives could pull off a wave of critical victories.
November 19, 2020
‘I Experience a Hollowing Fear Any Time I’m Stopped by Police’
Gutting the Fourth Amendment has turned tiny traffic violations into abusive traffic stops and coercive searches for millions of Black drivers like myself.
Philip V. McHarris
November 11, 2020
Police Terror Won’t End With the Trump Administration
Post–Election Day cop brutality points to the continuation of a violent reality for protesters.
July 31, 2020
The NYPD Took a Step Toward Fascism When It Kidnapped Nikki Stone
Then they’ll come for you.
July 2, 2020
New York’s City Hall Encampment Is a Middle Finger to Our Elected Leaders
A ragtag group of strangers is taking care of New Yorkers—including homeless comrades—better than the City is.
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July 2, 2020
How Did Police Unions Get So Powerful?
Police unions are on the defensive for perhaps the first time since their formation. It’s been a long time coming.
June 26, 2020
Bill de Blasio Broke His Promise to New York
The mayor’s retreat on police reform is a wound that won’t heal.
June 18, 2020
For ‘Police Accountability With Teeth,’ Citizens Demand Elected and Empowered Oversight Boards
Activists from Seattle to New York argue that elected boards and special prosecutors are vital to addressing police violence.
June 4, 2020
‘Starve the Beast’: A Q&A With Alex S. Vitale on Defunding the Police
We spoke to Vitale about the failures of Obama-era police reform efforts and why reducing police power is one of the best solutions available.
June 1, 2020
Bill de Blasio Has Failed the Test of This Moment
New York’s mayor has floundered in the face of stunning police violence—just like so many other mayors who aren’t prepared to rein in the cops.