In a reactionary move against technology and the beasts who wield it, the NYPD has announced it wants to jam cell phone frequencies in case of a terrorist attack, citing Mumbai as an example of how mobile phones allowed attackers in that Indian city to micromanage their assault in real time.
Vowing that “this city is going to deal with the blood of Sean Bell,” the Rev. Al Sharpton joined hundreds of New Yorkers in a march through Harlem to protest this week’s acquittal of three police officers involved in the 2006 shooting that claimed the 23-year-old Bell’s life and injured two friends on his wedding day.
The N.Y. Times examines internal police reports in which NYPD commanders discuss their use of “proactive arrests,” covert surveillance and psychological tactics at antiwar rallies in 2002. The country that wages preemptive war now has a city police force making “proactive” arrests.