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Monday, January 26, 2015

A demonstrator is arrested while protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Scott Olson/Getty)

Architect of 'Broken Windows' Policing Defends His Theory

​In recent months, protests around the country have called attention to policing practices, particularly to the "broken windows" theory, which has shaped policing tactics nationwide. Coined by two college professors, the "broken windows" theory asserts that a police force can make communities safer by cracking down on minor crimes. By pursuing low-level offenses, many argue that police departments can play a powerful role in deterring more serious crimes. George Kelling was one of the architects of this theory. He joins The Takeaway to discuss "broken windows" and to reflect on the current state of police-community relations in America.

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