NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Six members of New York’s congressional delegation are asking the Justice Department to formally investigate last month’s police custody death of Eric Garner and the law enforcement strategy known as “broken windows.”
Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and five other Democrats said during a news conference Thursday that “broken windows” disproportionately affects the black and Latino communities.
The strategy is based on the idea that fighting smaller crimes, such as drinking in public, discourages more dangerous behavior.
“We’re not talking about gateway criminal offenses,” Jeffries told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer. “We’re talking about individuals arrested and being given criminal summonses and violations for taking up two seats in a subway car when there’s ample room.”
“The ‘broken windows’ approach is just a cousin to stop and frisk,” Rep. Yvette D. Clarke added. “It also appears that the ‘broken windows’ policy has effectively reinstated stop and frisk, resulting in racial profiling of black men and men of color.”