Oppressive police need massive civilian oversight

In 1965, New York Mayor John Lindsay proposed including civilians on a review board as a way to address complaints from minority groups about police misconduct. The move backfired, and the police union and conservatives rallied against civilian oversight. Voters later defeated the idea in a citywide vote. Two decades passed before civilian oversight was approved in NYC and during that time police misconduct and abuse soared in the city, particularly against minorities.


Despite the decision of the grand jury not to indict former police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, violent protests took place in Ferguson as well as other parts of the country. Regardless of a dedicated police presence, it was the protestors who took advantage of the situation and turned what was supposed to be a peaceful protest into violent vandalism that endangered the community.