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LAS Welcomes Disbanding of NYPD Anti-Crime Unit

The Legal Aid Society welcomed news that the New York City Police Department was disbanding its Anti-Crime Unit, an outfit infamous for employing hyper-aggressive policing techniques to brutalize New Yorkers – mostly those from communities of color – and to defy their basic constitutional rights, according to The Wall Street Journal.

However, LAS cautioned against the NYPD allowing these same officers to carry their bad habits to other units and further urged the City to focus on reducing the NYPD’s headcount to use those savings to invest in local communities.

“Anything less is simply window-dressing to distract away from the greater systemic issues that currently roil law enforcement in New York,” reads a statement from The Legal Aid Society.