NYPD blues: brutality and racism rife in virus crackdown

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NYPD blues: brutality and racism rife in virus crackdown

The vast majority of those arrested in New York for lockdown ‘infringements' are African-American or Latino

Josie Ensor

It was the first warm weekend of spring and hundreds of sun-deprived New Yorkers descended on Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to soak up the rays.

“Have a nice day,” the smiling police officer said as he handed out masks last weekend. “And be safe.”

Just a few miles away in the Bronx, a borough with a majority black and Hispanic population, the scene could not have been more different...

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