Residents In Poor New York Neighborhoods Ask, ‘Where Are The Police?’


The title of this post is inspired by and picked up almost verbatim from a 1,000-word lamentation at Reuters delivered with not so much as a lick of irony.

The first couple paragraphs of the piece paint a grim picture of Marcy Houses, a dangerous public housing development in Brooklyn. The 27 six-story brick buildings that comprise the project were immortalized in song by former resident Jay-Z, who described it as “a block away from hell” and a place where “news cameras never come.”

“In recent years,” write the article’s authors, Emily Flitter And Luciana Lopez:

Marcy has had a group of very reliable visitors: the police, who patrol on foot and in cars as part of a controversial “broken windows” strategy that focuses on cracking down on small crimes to prevent bigger ones. Until three weeks ago, they had been an ever-present, highly visible presence in Marcy Houses.

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