In 1993, Rudy Giuliani became New York City’s new mayor, touting a huge promise: to make this country’s biggest city safe again. How? He had a new theory on his belt: “broken windows” policing.
“Broken windows” developed into “stop-and-frisk,” which at its peak had 685,000+ stops in a year. The avalanche of anti-Black criminalization seemed unstoppable.
But here’s the thing: crime rates started decreasing long before broken windows was used, and in cities where it wasn’t!
This country tells us everything it can to make us believe we'd be living in a dystopia without police. But the reality is, they created the dystopia – and take credit for false ideas that they’re keeping us safe.