In marginalized urban communities, CompStat poses a conflict of interest by prioritizing police performance rather than protection for communities of color, these policing strategies place control and force at the center.
Behind every police shooting lies the story of the families left behind.
Gwen Carr, Kadiatou Diallo, Hawa Bah, William Bell, and Nicholas Heyward Sr. all play a critical role in pursuing justice reform. Each of their children were killed by a law enforcement officer in New York. But this is just the surface. Police often use force and control rather than protection when dealing with Black and Brown Communities, as they did during the Jim Crow era, the Black Codes, and the Drug War. Similar practices continue today.
New York City has implemented a controversial policing strategy known as Compstat that has resulted in numerous injustices against marginalized communities, where police performance has taken precedence over civil rights and human rights. When police practices end in tragedy, people demand answers, but unfortunately the answers are few. Ultimately, the NYPD did not take responsibility.
Amadou Diallo, Eric Garner, and Sean Bell were among the most publicized cases. The police's reputation deteriorated while public outrage increased. A greater sense of distrust developed in the community. Some officers believe CompStat, Broken Windows, and Stop and Frisk deepen divisions between themselves and those they serve.
~Short Clip from MiddleMen Documentary
Eric was not selling cigarettes the day officers attempted to arrest him. Gwen Carr shares with us his story. Eric signifies a human face to the numbers game officers are pressured by superiors to engage in. The emphasis to target those in communities of color created tension and resistance.