What Can Brownsville Do For You?

“It had been a quiet April afternoon until about a dozen teenagers began running up Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville, yelling and cursing. They were chasing a girl of about 14, and it was clear they wanted a fight. Five plainclothes police officers watched warily. Across Pitkin stood about a half-dozen men, civilians in jeans and purple-and-gray sweatshirts. ‘They got it,’ an officer said.” Do they got it? The answer to that question could redefine policing in NYC and beyond. NYT (Gift Article): What Happened When a Brooklyn Neighborhood Policed Itself for Five Days.

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