The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

New York (AFP) – New York’s new police chief, internationally respected “supercop” Bill Bratton, promised Thursday to reduce the controversial stops and searches that mainly target blacks and latinos.

Bratton, 66, who already held the post in the 1990s, was chosen by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who took office January 1.

He took over Thursday from Ray Kelly, who ran the NYPD for more than a decade starting in 2002, during mayor Michael Bloomberg’s three terms in city hall.

Bratton said he plans to reduce the city’s use of the unpopular stop-and-frisk practice, which allows police to spontaneously question and search people on the street.

“There is a divergence of opinion about this issue with the former commissioner. I’m quite comfortable we can have less and achieve the same results,” Bratton said.

“I think we can find the right amount where we have a safe city, and communities and police that respect each other.”

Bratton is the only person ever to have led the police forces in both of the two largest U.S. cities, New York and Los Angeles.

He was a key figure in imposing “zero tolerance” policing credited with slashing crime in New York in the 1990s.

Crime in Los Angeles fell by 54 percent during his tenure from 2002 to 2009, according to De Blasio.

His return to the helm of the largest police force in the country comes under very different circumstances, with crime at historic lows — just 333 murders were recorded in 2013, the lowest number in 50 years.

Bratton is tasked with helping restore the relationship between the police and the public, amid widespread sentiment that the force uses racial profiling.

In 2011, police made nearly 700,000 stops with almost 90 percent of those questioned found innocent, according to police statistics. And 87 percent of those stopped were black and latino, the statistics showed.

De Blasio, a Democrat, has been a harsh critic of the policy and made it one of the key points of his election campaign.

The courts are currently debating whether the practice is constitutional.

AFP Photo/Spencer Platt


Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Rep. Devin Nunes

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California is retiring from Congress at the end of 2021 to work for former President Donald Trump.

Keep reading... Show less

From left Ethan Crumbley and his parents Jennifer and James Crumbley

Mug shot photos from Oakland County via Dallas Express

After the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, then-Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, evaded calls for banning weapons of war. But he had other ideas. The "more realistic discussion," Rogers said, is "how do we target people with mental illness who use firearms?"

Tightening the gun laws would seem a lot easier and less intrusive than psychoanalyzing everyone with access to a weapon. But to address Rogers' point following the recent mass murder at a suburban Detroit high school, the question might be, "How do we with target the adults who hand powerful firearms to children with mental illness?"

Keep reading... Show less
{{ }}