New York turns to its residents for opinions on policing neighborhoods. #CitizenQuote
On October 24th, 2016, the New York Civil Liberties Union along with the Public Science Project, launched an outreach project that surveyed New York City neighborhoods and asked residents for their opinions on policing.
In the wake of the deaths of many unarmed black men across the United States, many blacks fear or feel threatened by the very police force that promised to serve and protect them.
According to the NYCLU, the surveys ask 1,000 residents and workers of Brownsville and South Bronx their opinions on policing. Specifically--their experiences with and the impacts of:
- Stop and frisk
- Police quotas
- The large police presence
- Vertical housing patrols
- Police surveillance
- Presence of militarized equipment
The surveys also find out if residents and workers:
- Feel as though the police keep them safe
- Whether or not they trust the police with their safety
- What works? What, in their opinion, keeps their community safe?
What are some of the effects of this research?
The NYCLU is taking the information, stories, and experiences that they're documenting and will use it in a new campaign called "#CitizenQuote" to show the "dehumanizing" policing practices that occur in hopes of helping to better reform policing model practices by making these community voices heard. They are also working on a new project called "Organizing Institute" a program "to develop community leadership on civil rights issues."