Ese Olumhense, THE CITY This article was originally published on Sep 30 at 11:22am EDT…
Two weeks ago we reported on the artist selection process for the permanent public art for the new 40th Precinct which was held at The Bronx Documentary Center.
During last week’s presentation, we got a look into what the new 40th Precinct would look like slated for construction at its new location on 149th Street and St Ann’s in Melrose.
The design itself is that of stacked blocks centered around a common atrium, with each block serving a specific purpose. Each rooftop will be green with plantings but what will make this building unique is the dedicated public community room.
The Bronx Defenders is a beloved institution in The Bronx as public defenders of the less fortunate. They have been at the forefront of advocacy for the community’s voiceless but now that’s all being tarnished because of the actions of a few.
While it’s hard to imagine that a proposed law intended to inform us and protect our Constitutional rights would breed controversy anywhere on U.S soil, that is exactly what’s happening in the New York City Council, and now it’s even spilling out into the Bronx neighborhoods served by those feuding council members.
It’s called the Consent To Search Bill, identified as Intro 541, and it would allow police to conduct even unreasonable searches, but only if they properly inform us of our right to refuse consent, and only if they document any consent we give them.
Since the December 3rd failure of a Grand Jury on Staten Island to indict the cops in the killing of Eric Garner, many peaceful protests have been held across the city by thousands of New Yorkers uniting for peace and justice against Police Brutality and the fact that so many cops never get indicted due to grand juries.
Tonight The Bronx saw hundreds come out to not only honor Eric Garner on the 5th month anniversary of his death but to demand justice and an end to the killing of so many black men and people of color at the hands of the NYPD — and across the nation.
Dear NYPD and other police forces across our country:
I sit writing this and am filled with nothing but dread and anxiety. Why? Because I have suffered bouts of PTSD due to mistreatment by the NYPD on several occasions. I find it extremely difficult to put these words down but given the recent verdicts from Ferguson on Michael Brown’s murder as well as our own Eric Garner’s murder at the hands of the NYPD I cannot remain silent. This is for them and all who have been murdered or brutalized by the hands that are served to protect us. This is for everyone including those who are charged with serving and protecting us.
Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack, who was at the center of controversy on the Stop & Frisk practices of the NYPD has been reassigned to the 46th precinct, Welcome2TheBronx has learned.
McCormack made headlines when we was caught on tape saying, “I have no problem telling you this,” the inspector said on the tape. “Male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem [to] tell you this, male blacks 14 to 21.” by officer Serrano who secretly recorded the conversation.
As tightly as I close my eyes and clench my fists, as hard as I wish for it, I can’t seem to materialize a gun.
The way Michael Bloomberg spoke about it, the way the NYT, the WSJ, the NYDN, and the Gothamist write about it, the way Ray Kelly handled it and the way his successor briefs us on it, I was under the impression that any Black or Latino male having reached puberty but under the age of 25 could immediately wish a gun into their hands. Yet as hard as I try, that doesn’t seem to be happening.
Statistics overwhelmingly show that white males are more likely to use marijuana yet over 80% of such arrests in NYC are African American or Latino males.
The propaganda machine is working overtime.
Ever since a judge declared a key component of stop and frisk unconstitutional and ordered the NYPD to cease and desist the controversial program, the NY Post and city officials have been working around the clock to instill fears in our hearts.