Description/Abstract of your Event: 

Over the last several years the NYPD has undertaken dozes of large scale gang raids using vague conspiracy laws and relying on social media trolling and other forms of surveillance. A network of affected family members, legal advocates, academics, community activists, and journalists ahs formed to challenge this approach claiming that heavy handed policing and prosecutions are not the best way to deal with the very real problems facing many poor communities of color. We will describe current NYPD practices and lay out alternatives.