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Dec 09 2013

NYPD: Meet the New Boss…

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.

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  1. 1
    cswella

    I thought progress would feel different than this…

  2. 2
    doublereed

    Oh come on!

  3. 3
    doublereed

    Is he aware that chemotherapy is essentially poisoning your body, with the goal to poison the cancer more?

    Seems like a frighteningly apt comparison.

  4. 4
    DaveL

    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…

    Has anyone else taken note that this is the same crime pattern seen across the country? The NYPD commissioner could very likely have been a trained chinchilla without disturbing that pattern.

  5. 5
    Modusoperandi

    DaveL “Has anyone else taken note that this is the same crime pattern seen across the country?”
    Yes. I’m tired of other people taking credit for it. I did it. I stopped commiting so much crime.

    Also, I’m sorry for commiting so much crime before. Granted, the crimes I commit now are worse and more widespread, but I’m in the Financial Sector now so it’s legal, or close enough to it. Plus, people kiss my ass, because I’m a Job Creator, somehow.

  6. 6
    ianeymeaney

    Since I am white and Ofianeymeaney is mixed, will we be more or less likely to be stopped and frisked when out together?

  7. 7
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @doublereed:

    he is indeed aware, and he openly employs the reasoning you articulate here.

    he believes that stop & frisk is harmful and corrosive. He just believes that it’s okay to harmfully corrode a community if you get to catch some folks, each with a gram of weed in a pocket, because you’ll kill off the criminal community faster than you’ll kill off the non-criminal community (which are always, always 2 separate communities, he assures his friends on Wall Street). And, y’know, the thinks we can worry about the health of the non-criminal community after the end of crime.

    B/c LOGIC!

  8. 8
    Ichthyic

    The NYPD commissioner could very likely have been a trained chinchilla

    interesting choice.

    Chinchilla Prison Break

  9. 9
    sailor1031

    Bratton, who has served in this position once before under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and has since headed up the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Somehow I don’t find either of these so-called credentials to be the least bit reassuring.

  10. 10
    fiona knowles

    You do realize that stop and frisk has been reinstated and justice Scheindlin removed from the case for impartiality.  Furthermore marijuana possesion accounts for less than .8% of people in jail in America and a significant number of them are people who recieved plea bargains.  One last thing, although it doesn’t seem widely known, African Americans commit white collar crime as well as murder, assault etc at much higher rate than any other group in America. Perhaps the reason Di Blasio has appointed William Bratton is that he recognises that Kelly’s approach has been successful.
    This is a quote from an interview with Bratton

    Bratton: Well, thank you. Tell me, the gang violence that you are experiencing, what is the racial or ethnic background of the gangs?

    That’s a refreshingly blunt question. Some say it may be as high as 80 per cent Jamaican. But no one knows for sure, because people here don’t like to talk about that.

    Bratton: You need to talk about it. It’s all part of the issue. If it’s Jamaican gangs that are committing the crimes, well then, go after the Jamaican gangs. And don’t be afraid to go after them because they’re black. That’s the last thing you need to be concerned with.

    Oh boy, I can see the complaints coming in already. You have to understand the climate here. The major local daily in Toronto, the Toronto Star, says it doesn’t believe in “gratuitously” labelling people by ethnic origin.

    Bratton: Well, that really helps identify who they are, doesn’t it? The next step will be to refuse to allow the police to identify people by their race or ethnic origin. That type of societal consciousness really goes to extremes.

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