Newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio has named his choice to replace the odious Ray Kelly as commission of the NYPD and it’s Bill Bratton, who already served in that position under Rudy Giuliani. That can’t be a good sign for those of us who care about civil liberties and the Bill of Rights.
New York Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio announced his selection of Bill Bratton Thursday to serve as New York Police Commissioner come January. Given now-Commissioner Ray Kelly’s reputation for controversy over his treatment of minorities, all eyes will be on Bratton, who has served in this position once before under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and has since headed up the Los Angeles Police Department.
Bratton is known as a superbly credentialed veteran who achieved a significant reduction in crime during his tenure under Giuliani. Crime rates also reached a historic low during Kelly’s tenure, but not without a raft of questionable police conduct under his watch, including fatal police shootings, aggressive stop-and-frisks deemed unconstitutional racial profiling, and a program to infiltrate Muslim communities…
Bratton is decidedly in favor of stop-and-frisk. He has called it akin to chemotherapy, and essential to any functioning police department.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.