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The "broken windows" theory of policing suggested that cleaning up the visible signs of disorder — like graffiti, loitering, panhandling and prostitution — would prevent more serious crime. Image Source/Getty Images hide caption

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How A Theory Of Crime And Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

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How A Theory Of Crime And Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

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NYC Police Chief Calls Inspector General's Critical Report 'Grandstanding'

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New York Will Pay Eric Garner Family $5.9 Million To Avoid Lawsuit

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center), City Police Commissioner William Bratton (second from right) and other NYPD officers address a news conference on Jan. 5. There is debate surrounding the citywide increase of low-level crime enforcement, otherwise known as the broken windows approach to policing. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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With Baltimore Unrest, More Debate Over 'Broken Windows' Policing

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Protesters march through Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, a day after New York City's mayor called for a pause in the demonstrations. Michael Graae/Getty Images hide caption

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Demonstrators March In NYC After Mayor's Call To Suspend Protests

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People sing as they take part in a prayer vigil at the site where two police officers were shot to death in the Brooklyn borough of New York this weekend. Carlow Allegri/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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NYC Police Deaths: Details On Suspect; Rift Between Mayor And Police

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Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., before a game last month. The players faced a backlash from St. Louis police and have been asked to apologize. L.G. Patterson/AP hide caption

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Deford: What's Wrong With Pro Athletes Taking A Stand?

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The death of Eric Garner in police custody has sparked controversy in New York City — and it's now been ruled a homicide. On Thursday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) sat with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton (left) and the Rev. Al Sharpton during a discussion on police-community relations. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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