The officers’ affidavits, which cover a period from 2011 to 2015, were only made public last month as a crackdown on fare evasion in the subway was becoming a contentious political issue. Andrew M. Cuomo to add hundreds of additional officers to the subways, fueling a debate about overly aggressive policing and making poverty a crime. Some elected officials have opposed the move, saying it will worsen the racial disparities in arrests. “Fare evasion is a $300 million annual problem that should be addressed in a way that does not unjustly target any specific group or community,” Ken Lovett, an authority spokesman said. In the letter sent to Mr. Shea, civil rights investigators from Ms. James’s office asked that the Police Department to turn over documents that would provide a complete picture of fare evasion enforcement since October 2017.
Source: New York Times January 14, 2020 02:03 UTC