By Chris Crass
Now that the NYPD slow down is further exposing how broken windows theory is both about generating city revenue from the poorest communities and isn’t necessary, the next step is massive lay offs of police to begin balancing out from the years of massive expansion of policing in NYC.
Money can then go to public schools to help end the school to prison pipeline in communities of color and poor communities. The money can also go to community based violence prevention programs, and alternatives to policing and incarceration community programs. This can be joined with the fight to increase the minimum wage and expand living wage jobs in working class and poor communities.
The split between the NYPD and its supporters and the Mayor and his supporters is an opportunity to win progressive change, while ruling class power and its police force divide in the new political landscape created by Black Liberation movement.