Measures to decrease crime in an essential transit system like the New York City subway are important and will help the city as it continues to recover from COVID-19. However, the focus should be on detailed examination of data and the range of solutions available. The reflexive urge to hire more police often does not guarantee crime reduction and reinforces the overly punitive orientation of the national criminal justice system.

An officer on the front lines of the Minneapolis protests has been put on two weeks paid leave after he failed to fire pepper balls at a local news crew. The Internal Affairs Committee for the Minneapolis Police Department confirmed that Percy Cutor had decided not to fire on reporters even though they had identified themselves as press and were wearing safety vests.

Walter Scott, gunned down by Officer Michael Slager in South Carolina, over a non-fuctioning brake light. It seems that everywhere you look, cops are using brutal and fatal force against citizens for the smallest incidents. Something needs to be done…