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The NYPD's Work Stoppage Is Surreal

  • In an alternate universe, the New York Police might have just solved the national community-policing controversy.
  • The Absurdist Theatre of the NYPD

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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article_imgs14/014752-de-blasio-bill-nypd-010115.jpgNew York City mayor Bill de Blasio attends the NYPD graduation ceremony earlier this week. (photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

01 January 15 | Brace yourselves for a weird night. There might be a little extra drama when the ball drops in Times Square, thanks to one of the more confusing political protests in recent memory.

On a night when more than a million potentially lawbreaking, probably tipsy revelers will be crowding the most densely-populated city blocks in America, all eyes will be on the city cops stuck with holiday duty.

Why? Because the New York City Police are in the middle of a slowdown. The New York Post is going so far as to call it a "virtual work stoppage."

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

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The Absurdist Theatre of the NYPD, Kasai Rex, Daily Good

  • When NYPD officers turned their backs on de Blasio, they also turned their backs on us.
  • Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are.

The Absurdist Theatre of the NYPD

  • When NYPD officers turned their backs on de Blasio, they also turned their backs on us.
  • Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are.

Kasai Rex, Daily Good

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15503314434_6c2d0d1703_o.jpg=s900x1300NYPD officers turned their backs on New York City mayor Bill De Blasio at Officer Rafael Ramos' funeral. Photo by Flickr user Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916.

Dec 31, 2014 | By now, you’ve likely heard the story of how Ismaaiyl Brinsley—who once testified in a Georgia court that he suffered from mental illness—began the morning of December 20th. He entered his ex-girlfriend Shaneka Thompson’s apartment in Baltimore County using a key he wasn’t supposed to have, then shot and critically wounded her. A trip on a Bolt Bus and several chilling posts to Instagram later, Brinsley ambushed two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, killing the men as they sat in their squad car eating lunch, before turning his weapon on himself.

Though similar threats have streamed into the NYPD—mostly from idiotic trolls outside the N.Y.C area—the general public tends to agree that this tragedy was detrimental to the cause for an end to out-of-control police tactics. (That a few might share the wrong-headed sentiment that murdering any officer is acceptable—or even some sort of victory for “the movement”—is a testament to the deep-seated pain caused by police overreach and violence.) Most have rightly disavowed the actions of Brinsley, casting him as a lone actor with a troubled mind. 

Kasai Rex is a contributor to Daily Good 

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Related:

The NYPD's Work Stoppage Is Surreal, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

  • In an alternate universe, the New York Police might have just solved the national community-policing controversy.
  • The Absurdist Theatre of the NYPD

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Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are, Redditt Hudson, Washington (DC) Post  

There’s only one fix.

New Year’s Eve Protests Set To Shut Down Major Cities Across America

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  • Groups are planning similar events revolving around other cities’ New Year’s Eve traditions. A protest in Atlanta, for instance, will coincide with the ‘Peach Drop.’ Other demonstrations are being staged in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, and other cities, according to a list compiled by the New York group.
  • "...must continue and escalate..."

B. Christopher Agee, Western Journalism

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2014/12/nye.jpgDecember 29, 2014 | To cap off a year marked by race-based, anti-police demonstrations, a number of activist groups are banding together in an effort to stage significant protests in multiple cities this New Year’s Eve. One New York-based organization is taking the lead by organizing an event in that city scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. at Union Square and continue on to Times Square in time for the New Year countdown.

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network has invited nearly 4,000 individuals to attend what it is calling “Rock in the New Year with Resistance to Police Murder” and is encouraging other groups across the U.S. to stage similar protests.

An award-winning journalist, B. Christopher Agee spent more than a decade building a career in newspaper and radio. He is currently the senior staff writer at Western Center for Journalism. Chris is the author of two books and is a frequent guest on talk radio shows across the U.S.

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Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are.

There’s only one fix.

Redditt Hudson, Washington (DC) Post

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2014-12-04T003205Z_01_JEY901_RTRIDSP_3_USA-NEWYORK-CHOKEHOLD.jpg&w=1484Police officers drag away a protester to take him into custody during a demonstration against the grand jury decision. (Jim Young/Reuters)

December 6, 2014 | As a kid, I got used to being stopped by the police. I grew up in an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis. It was the kind of place where officers routinely roughed up my friends and family for no good reason.

I hated the way cops treated me.

But I knew police weren’t all bad. One of my father’s closest friends was a cop. He became a mentor to me and encouraged me to join the force. He told me that I could use the police’s power and resources to help my community.

Redditt Hudson, a former cop, works for the NAACP and chairs the board of the Ethics Project. The views expressed here are his own.

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