By LOUIS FLORES
Today marks the second celebration of the Rev. Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr., Day of the de Blasio administration under Broken Windows policing
As Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) urges New Yorkers to honour the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, it's important to remember that the Rev. Dr. King was a leader in a social movement for equality, justice, and reform, and that that movement often faced brutal forms of state-sponsored discrimination by law enforcement.
It's nearly fifty years since the notorious "Bloody Sunday" attack during which Alabama law enforcement officers brutally beat Black activists. That attack preceded the historic marches from Selma to Montgomery. Since that violent period in American history, Blacks continue to confront discrimination and brutality at the hands of law enforcement. Only, the violent prejudice that Blacks face is not set in the racially-segregated south in that era then, but under the administration of a self-proclaimed "progressive," namely, Mayor de Blasio.
Even after Eric Garner's chokehold death was captured on video and later ruled to be a homicide by the city's medical examiner, Mayor de Blasio has steadfastly defended the "Broken Windows" approach to policing that has unequivocally been shown to be both neoconservative and discriminatory in its treatment of low-income and minority communities, Blacks included.
Notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence that Broken Windows policing is discriminatory, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refused to say that race was a factor in Mr. Garner's chokehold homicide.
As New Yorkers celebrate the memory of the Rev. Dr. King, one can't help but wonder how the Rev. Dr. King would interpret Mayor de Blasio's staunch defense of Broken Windows policing today, or, if the Rev. Dr. King had lived until today, only to have his life taken in Staten Island under circumstances similar to those that took Mr. Garner's life, if Speaker Mark-Viverito would refuse to say that race was a factor in the Rev. Dr. King's death ?
EDITORIAL : With opinion polls showing that Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch was politically damaged in the NYPD's recent struggles with City Hall, "Broken Windows" defenders Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner William Bratton regain the upper hand.