Police Commissioner William Bratton

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

 New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks to NYPD officers of the 25th Precinct, 3rd Platoon during their roll call on February 27, 2014 in New York City. NYPD Commissioner William Bratton (Andrew Burton/Getty)

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton talks about returning to New York and how he’s changing the department. He’ll be part of a panel discussion at the 92nd Street Y on April 19, called “Leadership in the 21st Century: David Gergen with Will Bratton, Stanley McChrystal and Dana Born.”

Bratton has served as police commissioner in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles: “Each city is very different. It’s like a doctor looking at a patient…Having now policed Boston, LA and New York – they are very different patients with very different issues – health issues, if you will.”

“Graffiti is a constant battle…It’s one of the issues I’m going to be focusing on – I’ve already spoken to the mayor about my sense that graffiti is growing in the city now again. And, as a city, we need to basically take it on because that’s the first sign of urban decay.”

On the #myNYPD Twitter campaign and the police activity in the photos that were tagged by users: “A lot of what was occurring [in the photos] was lawful police action. It looks awful, but it’s legal.”

On the role that stop-and-frisk played in last year’s mayoral election: Many voters “felt that something was wrong – and something was wrong.”  But he went on to defend the practice: “That’s the basic tool of American policing. What happened here – it was applied too much, particularly in communities of color. And I think it was misunderstood, the belief that crime was going down because of the application of hundreds of thousands of stops.”


William Bratton

Comments [11]

Amy from Manhattan

I once (a long time ago) witnessed an arrest in which a police officer actually told the woman being arrested, "You're a prisoner. You have no rights." How can illegal behavior like this be reported? A police officer denying the rights of an arrestee isn't likely to let witnesses get his/her name or badge number.

Apr. 29 2014 12:38 PM
ann pettibone from Manhattan

When will cops stop drivers who are talking or texting on cell phones?

Apr. 29 2014 12:36 PM
stefano from 11206

why can't traffic cops (brownies) give tickets for running red lights or other moving violations? Are they hired only for giving parking tickets?

Apr. 29 2014 12:35 PM
marc from Brooklyn, NY

Please ask the commissioner about the large increase in arresting people on for having their feet the seat on the subway in the middle of the night.

My wife is a public defender and it seems there is a large increase in actually arresting people for this "offense", which is supposedly based upon inhibiting others' access to those seats. However, this is happening late at night on often empty cars.

If anything, they should issue a warning. They could just issue a ticket. But they've been arresting people for this and nothing more.

Apr. 29 2014 12:33 PM
JF from a police state

Marijuana cures cancer, prevents lung cancer, treats thousands of diseases, and can easily be grown at home. The only reason someone is against this is for pharmaceutical/private prison profits. This is mass poisoning and mass slavery.

Apr. 29 2014 12:32 PM

I'm disturbed by the comments about how the police photos look bad but the acts were legal. What the Nazis did was legal too, that doesn't make it morally right.

Apr. 29 2014 12:27 PM
Charles from Downtown

Why are out-of-state 30 ton, 45 ft long Tour buses allowed to violate all parking regulations downtown? Everyday, they park in No Standing Anytime, No Parking Anytime, Park in MTA Bus Stops, Double Parking, Idling, No Bus Layover zone, block fire hydrants, Don't pay Muni-meters, park on curbs and sidewalks and more. Traffic Enforcement Officers will ticket a commercial van or car parked next to a bus in a No Parking zone but walk right by the bus.

Apr. 29 2014 12:25 PM
Jaime from Ellenville, NY

We also need police yhat live in the city and walk a beat where they get to know the neighborhood and people in it. Be nice if they talk to people like they care what the person is saying

Apr. 29 2014 12:18 PM
jf from dystopia

The first sign of urban decay is not art it's police brutality, TRASH and no plants. The smell of CANCER CAUSING DIESEL in the air from trucks. The THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE KILLED by cars and trucks. art is not the problem. police destroying peoples lives for a plant that cures cancer and 500 other diseases.

Apr. 29 2014 12:15 PM
Jaime from Ellenville, NY

How do you change the culture of the police department unless we change the laws to reflect the true conduct of society and provide the police the ability to determine you are acting dangerous under the circumstances and not that the simple conduct is illegal per se. By asking the police to enforce standards the society does not live by only can ensure the isolation of the police and removal of them from civil society. Thus their reference to anyone not them: civilians.

Apr. 29 2014 12:09 PM
nick from new york

why are the military and police being held up as the paragon's of leadership? These are two of the least transparent public organizations out there -- that believe themselves to be above the law and refuse to hold their rank-and-file to the same standard that they require of everybody else. When the shit does hit the fan, leadership in the police and the military require that only subordinates take the fall time and time again. This is an outdated, antiquated form of leadership that has no business being celebrated in 2014.

Apr. 29 2014 11:37 AM

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