Parading While Black

After the arrest of a City Councilman, isn't it time to question the NYPD's crooked math?

"The down side" of stop and frisks, said O'Donnell, is not just "a lot of bruised feelings, but a lot of people who feel hard done by the cops. And it's also hurting the cops… I don't want them to see themselves primarily as at war with or as adversaries with people on the street. I don't think it's healthy for them, or for the city."

Along with Williams and Foy at Al Sharpton's National Action Network rally on Saturday was half of the 2014 mayoral field: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Also there were family members of Denise Gay, the 56-year-old mother who was shot and killed in a shootout just off the parade route between the police and a man who had just murdered another man. The police fired 73 shots, with one officer emptying his clip, and it appears Gay may have been felled by a police bullet.

Sharpton, a stopped clock at best who the mayor has boasted about placating, was right on time here: "If they will do it to them, imagine what is going on every day to young black men and Latino men in this city. This has got to stop."

John MacConnell

I doubt it will any time soon. While both the schools system and the police department have their own ongoing data integrity reviews, it's hard to imagine either thoroughly investigating itself. One cop who tried to go submit evidence to the unit that audits the numbers ended up handcuffed, dragged from his apartment and forcibly committed.

Council member Robert Jackson, co-chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, said last week that the group will likely call for a formal probe of the parade arrests and perhaps also of policing practices more generally, but given Council Speaker Chris Quinn’s position as the mayor's anointed successor that also may end up hamstrung.

Never mind Rudy Giuliani, just imagine two minority officials arrested and a civilian shot in a police shootout at a parade under any mayor who doesn’t have much of the protest class in his pocket.

Come 2014, all bets are off.

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