So much for "change" ...
New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio (right) is bringing back William Bratton (left) as commissioner of the New York Police Department. Bratton first lead the NYPD from 1994 to 1996 under Rudy Giuliani. He returns to the NYPD after leading the police departments in Boston and Los Angeles, notes the New York Daily News.
Bratton inherits a department that is under extreme scrutiny for aggressive policing, brutality and fatal shootings, as well as "stop-and-frisk", a practice which has disproportionately targeted Black and Latino men, youth and LGBT youth who reside in the five boroughs.
Bratton has utilized stop-and-frisk "in every stop in his decorated career," notes CBS New York. De Blasio campaigned as a harsh critic of "stop-and-frisk."
While unveiling his choice of Bratton on Thursday, de Blasio insisted that the new commissioner was the right man to further the city’s public safety gains while improving police-community relations. He also downplayed statistics that show that the number of stops surged during Bratton’s tenure as head of the Los Angeles Police Department between 2002 and 2009.
"The overuse of stop-and-frisk, the unconstitutional use of stop-and-frisk, the targeting of young men of color regardless of whether they had done anything wrong, that’s going to end," said de Blasio, who takes office Jan 1. “We’re not going to proceed with a policy where hardworking, law-abiding young men of color are singled out.”
Bratton reiterated his support for stop-and-frisk on Thursday, but has likened it to chemotherapy, saying that it must be utilized in proper doses.
Of course. Whatever you say, boss ...
A federal judge ruled the NYPD's "stop-and-frisk" policy violated the United States Constitution in August 2013. The controversial practice violates the Fourth Amendment that protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, said United States District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin. A federal appeals court upheld the ruling on November 22.
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