‘Problematic’ police strategies


(NNPA)—It’s been two months since Daniel Pantaleo strangled Eric Garner, 48, to death on a sidewalk in Staten Island, N.Y. Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death on August 9.  Since then, there has been nothing but silence from Officers Pantaleo and Wilson.
The police killings have also been met with silence from so-called law and order types who are more interested in order than law.
Tougher police tactics, including the unjustified killing of unarmed African Americans, seem to be escalating at a time crime rates are declining. New York City, which has a population of more than  8 million people, including at least 2 million African Americans, is a case in point.
The crime rate there has been falling for more than a decade. In 2012, there were 419 murders. By 2013, that figure had fallen to 332. Yet, egged on by a Republican-turned-independent mayor, aggressive police tactics have only heightened tension been cops and the community.

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