Meet the New But Not So New NYPD Police Commissioner

T he NYPD will soon be under the leadership of a familiar face.

Earlier in December, Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio selected Bill Bratton to head the New York City Police Department.

Bratton, 66, who served as police commissioner under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, vows to create stronger bonds between New Yorkers and the police department.

“In this city, I want every New Yorker to talk about ‘their police’, ‘my police,’ ” says Bratton, who will succeed Raymond Kelly, the incumbent police commissioner since 2002.

Political commentators note that De Blasio chose Bratton, in response to criticisms from conservatives who warned that the city will return to the days of disorder under his mayoralty.

Bratton, who lead the NYPD in 1994, was instrumental in bringing down crime rates in New York City, following years of violence. He later stepped down in 1996.

De Blasio has argued that the NYPD`s use of stop and frisk under Mayor Bloomberg and Raymond Kelly was unconstitutional. However, critics point out that Bratton heavily used the tactic while he led the Los Angeles Police Department.

Student Sagar Sharma says, “Bratton was the one who established stop and frisk in the first place. De Blasio, when he campaigned, said he was against it. It would be a poor start as a mayor he if does not follow through on his campaign promise.”

According to the New York Daily News, 875,204 people were stopped in Los Angeles in 2009 under Bratton, most of who were Hispanics. In New York City, 53 percent of New York’s 540,302 stop and frisks were African Americans.

On Stop and frisk, CCNY student Tahsin Choudhury says, “It fringes on civil liberties and I don’t appreciate that it perpetuates negative images and stereotypes of the black and Latino communities. Part of the reason why gangs form and gain popularity is because of community discontent with police and a need for their own form of security. So increasing this barrier may perpetuate such crimes.”

Bill Bratton will become the NYPD Police Commissioner on January 1st, 2014.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Sexual Assault on Campus — A National Crisis

the-hunting-ground-poster_566_356_c1

Screenings of The Hunting Ground and discussions at City College raise awareness by Enoye Uwa Rape has decreased over the […]

Lawmakers Propose Free MetroCards for CUNY Students

metrocard

Last Thursday, two New York City lawmakers proposed legislation that would be make CUNY students’ lives just a little bit easier. […]

Understand the Past, Empower the Future

Understand the Past, Empower the Future

This year, Black History Month held special significance for my students in Brownsville. Black history – like that of all […]

Worker Appreciation: Cafeteria Workers On Campus

Worker Appreciation Event

As we all strive for a better future as bright-eyed college students, the shadows of the working poor trail us, […]

Thoughts on Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Video

clinton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N708P-A45D0 Ted Cruz is in. Marco Rubio is in. Rand Paul is in. And now, finally, the first Democrat is […]

Business as Usual as CCNY Outdoor Track Opens Season

Anticipation, the buildup…There’s nothing in the world like it. A fresh track, a new start, another chance at winning another […]