Brooklyn Congresswomen Urge NYC Mayor to End ‘Broken Windows’ Policing
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, left, flanked by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Will Bredderman/Observer
Brooklyn Congresswomen Yvette Clarke and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez have penned a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio asking that he reconsider the use of the controversial “broken windows” policing method and review current summons practices.
In the missive, dated May 31, Clarke and Velázquez argued that academic research indicates that broken windows “rarely yields positive outcomes and is not an optimal use of law enforcement resources.” Data on the strategy, which involves cracking down on minor “quality-of-life” offenses to prevent more serious …