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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Re “At Home, and Accused of Trespassing” (About New York column, Sept. 28):
Jim Dwyer reports that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg offered a “scoffing dismissal” to the suggestion that innocent people are wrongly charged with trespassing in New York City public housing.
The mayor’s deliberate indifference to the realities of life for the 400,000 New Yorkers living in public housing would be scoffable if it weren’t so insidious. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, with the Legal Aid Society, filed a federal lawsuit challenging this practice after countless public housing residents and their guests complained about wrongful stops and arrests for trespassing.