New York: The Legacy of Detective Sipowicz

As the tragic police stories continue to unfold in New York City and Los Angeles, I'm reminded of the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." In both cities, after decades of steady increases, crime rates have fallen dramatically--due, in no small measure, to the efforts of the police. Yet at a time when they might expect to be glorified for that success, they find themselves vilified for some of the tactics and strategies used to achieve it.

The corrupt and brutal behavior that seems to have played...

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