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Updated 12:56 pm, January 8, 2014
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Jose LaSalle from Bronx NY says:
Voters are upset that De Blasio appointed William J. Bratton as the 42 NYPD commissioner. William J. Bratton was not the voters choice.

New Yorkers Against Bratton Oppose a 2nd Bratton Regime

New Yorkers Against Bratton, an ad-hoc group of parents, activists and community voices in opposition to the return of Bill Bratton to head the NYPD, continue to demand that Mayor Bill De Blasio remove Bill Bratton immediately. The protests of De Blasio and Bratton will continue until the Mayor:

1. Removes Bill Bratton

2. Convenes a committee made up of community leaders, policing activists, families of victims of police abuse and brutality, and legal experts to find a suitable replacement.

3. End Stop and Frisk

After protests and public statements of outrage from parents of victims of NYPD violence, the Mayor has begun his administration ignoring the voices of those most affected by the abuses of the police he campaigned to reign in. Even as the Mayor promised to integrate the voices of New Yorkers, including promotion of his "Talking Transitions" process, into his administration, the decision to bring back Bratton as NYPD commissioner was a unilateral one. The return of Bratton flies in the face of calls for an end of "racial profiling" that defines its Stop and Frisk policy (according to a federal judge), an end to the discriminatory surveillance of ethnic communities, and for true police accountability.

-Bratton has been widely credited with implementing the "Broken Windows" policing philosophy during his first stint at NYPD commissioner. With Bratton's guidance, the NYPD began an era of aggressive, "pro-active" policing in communities of color that targeted mostly young Black and Latino men for low level crimes perhaps best expressed through it's Stop and Frisk policy today.

-Bratton, contrary to rhetoric from the Mayor and the media, does not signify any substantive change in for the NYPD. He expanded Stop & Frisk at the LAPD, suggested he would crush protests faster than Ray Kelly, and has numerous business interests that cast doubt that Bratton, the mastermind behind CompStat (the number-crunching policing tool that many say leads to illegal quota systems), could reform the NYPD or that his views have changed.

-Dozens of New Yorkers were shot and killed during Bratton's first regime. Many observers point to Bratton's introduction of semi-automatic 9mm guns to the NYPD as a cause. During Bratton's first tenure with the NYPD there were over 60 New Yorkers killed by police violence from 1994-96 ("Stolen Lives Project", October 22nd Coalition)

We are committed to opposing Bratton's return as NYPD Commissioner. We will not wait until there is another fatal victim of NYPD violence or until elected officials and cherry-picked community voices take a stand for policy changes--not just cosmetic reforms.brutality, and legal experts to find a suitable replacement.

3. End Stop and Frisk
Jan. 6, 2014, 12:15 pm
Remembers Dinkins from Brooklyn says:
Jose, great OpEd. And excellent work with your crusade as NYC's #1 cop watcher. But perhaps you should educate yourself a bit on the law-- the "Terry Stop" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_stop) is fundamental to the preservation of a civil society. The police aren't the problem. And "stop and frisk" is not going anywhere (nor are the police).

More important, take a quick reality check on the history. Yes, there has been mismanagement of aggressive tactics. As you've pointed out in the past, Kelly made some mistakes. Unfortunately, high crimes are still being committed most frequently in low income areas like the Bronx and that is where certain operations failed in execution. But look back 20 years my friend and you will remember cars burning in the streets of your fair neighborhood and gangs running unchecked. The anti-police rhetoric is what led NYC to its lowest point ever in the Dinkins era.

See how much fun it will be to spend time in the city again when crime is pervasive and the cops are afraid to speak up. Who will help poor Alvin when he is in trouble? "Broken windows" worked and you my friend (and your son), are the [ungrateful] beneficiary of the prosperity this city has had in the decades since it was implemented.

The majority of reasonable New Yorkers are tired of this nonsense. We just want to be safe and are proud of what our city has become in the last 12 years. We don't need to go back to FEAR on the streets, subways and parks.
Jan. 12, 2014, 8:30 pm

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