Incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton this morning tried to turn the page on soured relations between police and many minority communities, promising “freedom and equality for all” in his first public appearance since his appointment.
Mr. Bratton, who also served as top cop under Rudy Giuliani, vowed to “get it right” in a city where many communities of color feel under siege following a dramatic spike in stop-and-frisks that rarely lead to arrests. He was speaking with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio in front of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network at a memorial for the late anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela in Harlem.
Predictably, the lawyers who brought the city to court over stop-and-frisk are trying to get U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin back on the case, two weeks after a three-judge panel removed her. The panel ruled, properly, that Judge Scheindlin was less than impartial on the subject of stop-and-frisk, having condemned this life-saving police practice in several media interviews.
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have a message to critics of stop-and-frisk: We told you so.
In a surprise ruling earlier this evening, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit temporarily blocked an earlier federal ruling that would have curtailed the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
While the decision is a significant win for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the man most likely to lead City Hall in 2014 isn’t on board.
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The Daily News has thrown its editorial weight behind a new cause: racial discrimination of shoppers.
The paper, which strongly defends the NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic also accused by critics as profiling, has taken an unmistakable position of outrage.
Pointing to a rising rate of shootings in one Brooklyn precinct, Joe Lhota warned yet again that his main rival in the mayor’s race, Democrat Bill de Blasio, would usher in a new crime wave if he’s elected.
“I know most New Yorkers are so accustomed to having safe streets, but the past few weeks have shown us … what can happen if I believe our police officers are not able do their job because of the City Council legislation,” said Mr. Lhota, who has made public safety a centerpiece of his campaign.
Police reform advocates denounced Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the steps of City Hall today, sharply criticizing the city’s repeated attempts to bat back a court decision clamping down on the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic.
“Let’s be clear, I have never seen such arrogance—some hardheadedness, it must be a psychosis,” declared Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, one of the leading advocates on the issue and a frequent critic of the Bloomberg administration. “That everybody can repudiate you as wrong on this issue and you still want your legacy to be as much damage to community and policing in this city as possible, that even on your way out you’re doing as much as you can to send us in the wrong direction.”
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota pounced on his rival Bill de Blasio today, suggesting his opponent had “no soul” during an endorsement event with Staten Island Borough President Jim Molinaro.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted guns-rights advocates in Washington and stop-and-frisk opponents in the city after the shooting death of a 1-year-old boy yesterday.
“A misguided ruling from a federal judge and two bills passed by the City Council will make it harder for the NYPD to continue to reduce shootings and violent crimes, which primarily occur in minority communities, as we saw once again last night,” Mr. Bloomberg, standing with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, said today at a press conference today near Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade.
“So the ideologues on the far right will continue to tell us our gun laws don’t need to be fixed,” he added. “And the ideologues on the left will continue to tell us we need to handcuff the police officers who have been unfathomably successful in reducing violent crime.”
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the surprising new front-runner in the topsy-turvy mayor’s race, is now getting a taste of his own medicine.
After spending months slamming City Council Speaker Christine Quinn over her decision to overturn term limits to allow the current mayor to run for a third term, Mr. de Blasio is facing Read More