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‘Broken Windows,’ Broken Policy


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‘Broken Windows,’ Broken Policy

Derrick Z. Jackson

The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and others at the hands of police demonstrate that the “broken windows’’ theory of policing doesn’t work and should be eliminated. The theory that targeting low-level crimes will reduce major ones has led to the deaths of unarmed blacks by police over petty crime, mistaken identity, toy guns, bungled raids, and rash judgments based on stereotypes.