NYPD Eliminated Their Plainclothes Officer Unit — But This Disguises A Larger Problem
According to Joo-Hyun Kang, a New York-based organizer and director of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), the NYPD’s announcement is all “smoke and mirrors” akin to when New York disbanded its Street Crimes Unit in 2002, which later became the anti-crime unit anyway. “Fundamental change was promised then, too,” Kang tweeted, adding, “Instead of SCU doing the majority of stops all NYPD started doing many more unconstitutional/abusive stops leading to nearly 700K reported stops in 2011. [They] rebranded “anti-crime” units [that were] just as brutal & lawless as SCU was.” 

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