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Bloomberg's OPERATION IMPACT crackdown on the city's top crime areas by releasing police forces in droves actually worked. Overall crime is down 33 percent, and violent crimes in those areas are steadily decreasing. The downside is that areas with the highest crime rates are also low-income neighborhoods and hordes of police officers are pressured into writing senseless tickets. The most publicized: 19-year-old Jesse Taveras getting a ticket for "unauthorized use of a milk crate" while sitting on one out front of his work.


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