It is not only morally questionable to punish people who sleep on the streets – it is also an expensive and ineffective way of dealing with homelessness
The captions below the pictures of homeless New Yorkers are blunt and derisive: “disgusting,” says one; “bed and breakfast” mocks another. The subjects have not asked to be photographed, and many of them look visibly upset and agitated by the intrusion.
No, this isn’t a throwback to the days of ‘bumfights’, where homeless people were filmed in dangerous and humiliating situations in the name of entertainment. This is a new initiative from the union that represents NYPD sergeants. Called Peek-a-Boo, we see you, it asks “concerned citizens of New York” to “help make the city great again” by taking pictures of homeless people, panhandlers and other quality-of-life offenses, and sharing them online.