Broken Windows Policing is the Disorder

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“The deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown by police are two of the more publicly scrutinized cases of potential broken windows policing strategies resulting in (fatal) police brutality. Garner was killed from an officer’s use of a chokehold after he was apprehended for selling untaxed cigarettes. Brown was shot and killed by an officer who involved himself with Brown only to tell Brown and his friend to use the sidewalk rather than walking in the street. Many have argued that the aggressive focus on minor offenses which broken windows policing requires are to blame [politicalresearch.org] for the deaths of Garner and Brown, will continue to be a death sentence for many Black Americans.”

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Understanding how we arrived at zero-tolerance policy policing and the consequences of those policies can create a better perspective of why they were doomed from the start.