The White Rage of NYPD Legitimacy

NYPD shooting and killing of suspects, stop-and-frisk, and educational policies that promote de facto segregation were all part of a system of White rage in New York City.
People will obey when they feel that they are being treated legitimately.
True leadership begins not with leaders imposing their wills but with leaders understanding that true authority and obedience comes from the expression of legitimacy.
Remember what Jesus did.
How you carry out your ideas is as important as the ideas themselves.
Amadou Diallo

February 4th, 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of the police shooting and killing of a 23 year old Guinean immigrant named Amadou Diallo. Amadou was shot by four plain clothes NYPD police officers in his hallway after they unloaded 41 shots at Amadou in front of his Bronx apartment, a building I often passed on my way to and from the 6 train. The officers hit Amadou with 19 shots; less than half of what was discharged from their weapons.
Claiming the impossibility of a fair trial in NYC, an appellate court ordered that that the trial be switched to Albany, New York, the state capital. All four the officers involved were cleared of any wrongdoing after the acquitted them.

Amadou Diallo

On April 18th, 2000, Diallo’s mother, Kadijatou, and his father Saikou Diallo, filed a $61 million ($20m plus $1m for each shot fired) lawsuit against the city and the officers, charging gross negligence, wrongful death, racial profiling, and other violations of Diallo’s civil rights. In March 2004, they accepted a $3 million settlement. The much lower final settlement was still reportedly one of the largest in the City of New York for a single man with no dependents under New York State’s “wrongful death law,” which limits damages to pecuniary loss by the deceased person’s next of kin.

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The NYPD Needs Legitimacy Concert @ MSG

We are working on Kanye West headlining at Madison Square Garden at The NYPD Needs Legitimacy Concert. This concert will be featured in a documentary addressing inequity called I Could Be….
About 10 years ago we produced a local television show called Live From VA and we interviewed Kanye West three times. We have some great stories behind those interviews. Links to two of those interviews are below.
Kanye West with Diamond Black

Kanye West with Diamond Black:

Is focusing on Black culture especially Black music the way forward?

Madison Square Garden

The NYPD Needs Legitimacy Concert
At Madison Square Garden

When the law is applied in the absence of legitimacy, it does not produce obedience. It produces the opposite. It leads to backlash.

Joanne Jaffe

Kids playing football with then NYPD Housing Bureau Chief Joanne Jaffe [now Community Affairs Bureau Chief] at PSA 6’s National Night Out event at the Grant Houses in Harlem.

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NYPD Needs Legitimacy

Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath:

[L]egitimacy is based on three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to fell like they have a voice—that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can’t treat one group differently from another….

[W]hen the law is applied in the absence of legitimacy, it does not produce obedience. It produces the opposite. It leads to backlash.

Joanne Jaffe

Kids playing football with then NYPD Housing Bureau Chief Joanne Jaffe [now Community Affairs Bureau Chief] at PSA 6’s National Night Out event at the Grant Houses in Harlem.

A New York Times article reported on the NYPD’s Juvenile Robbery Intervention Program (J-RIP) created by Chief Joanne Jaffe:

The New York City Police Department has embarked on a novel approach to deter juvenile robbers, essentially staging interventions and force-feeding outreach in an effort to stem a tide of robberies by dissuading those most likely to commit them.

Officers not only make repeated drop-ins at homes and schools, but they also drive up to the teenagers in the streets, shouting out friendly hellos, in front of their friends. The force’s Intelligence Division also deciphers each teenager’s street name and gang affiliation. Detectives compile a binder on each teenager that includes photos from Facebook and arrest photos of the teenager’s associates, not unlike the flow charts generated by law enforcement officials to track organized crime.

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Should The NYPD & LAPD Be Using CIA-Funded Software?

RIP Akai Gurley!
Akai Gurley

Akai Gurley was shot and killed in a Brooklyn building by Peter Liang, a probationary police officer.

On Thursday, November 21st, probationary Officer Peter Liang shot and killed Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project. A recent FBI Annual Uniform Crime Report determined that killings by police are the highest they’ve been in two decades. In 2013, there were 461 “justifiable homicides” by police which is most likely a significant undercount. In addition, this number would not include a killing such as Akai Gurley which will most likely be classified as “accidental.” The 461 “justifiable homicides” in 2013 doubles the number of people lynched in 1892 when there were 230 lynchings, the highest lynching totals in American history.

As we mourn the death of another person killed at the hands of police officers, we should examine the underlying culture that is responsible for these mass killings. In dealing with culture, one of the most important concepts to understand is something called implicit bias. Below is a definition provided by Kirwan Institute.

Defining Implicit Bias

Also known as implicit social cognition, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control.  Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness.  Rather, implicit biases are not accessible through introspection.

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