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. In the pursuit of justice reform, Gwen Carr, Kadiatou Diallo, Hawa Bah, William Bell, and Nicholas Heyward Sr. all play a vital role. Each of their children was killed by a law enforcement officer in New York. While public outcry raged, the NYPD refused to accept responsibility. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg. When dealing with Black and Brown communities, the police often use force and control rather than protection, as they did during the Jim Crow era, the Black Codes, and the Drug War. Today, similar practices are still prevalent.
Compstat, New York City's controversial policing strategy that places police performance above civil rights and human rights, has contributed to a series of injustices, discrimination, and excessive force against marginalized people, thus adding fuel to the ever-growing fire of injustice. A number of officers expressed concern in MiddleMen about CompStat, Broken Windows, and Stop and Frisk.
In MiddleMen's findings, these policies have been identified as tools that create divisions between police officers and society, and in the cases of Eric Garner, Amadou Diallo, and Sean Bell, contributed to their deaths. It is likely they would not have been victims if these policies had been enforced with courtesy, professionalism and respect, as the NYPD slogan claims.
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~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.