Equal Protection Examined in the Context of Policing

, New York Law Journal

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Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks fervently of the need to take a progressive path, especially regarding the city's treatment of the poor, who, in New York City, are largely people of color. In the law enforcement context, that path must widen beyond stop-and-frisk to include progressive reform of the NYPD's overall approach to policing. Only by examining who gets arrested for what will the mayor and Police Commissioner William Bratton address the undeniable truth that black and brown people are arrested and incarcerated in huge and disproportionate rates for everything from minor infractions to serious felonies.

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