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CROSSING THE STREETS
More than 270 people have been handcuffed as of Sunday, compared with just 90 in the same period in 2013. Read More
At the same time, the number of tickets for moving violations has remained stagnant. Read More
In his first cable TV appearance since becoming mayor, Bill de Blasio paid a visit to Rev. Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show, where the two chatted about the end of the city’s appeal against a prominent stop-and-frisk ruling, Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential campaign and a top Sharpton aide’s role in the de Blasio administration.
Unsurprisingly, the two behaved like old friends. Mr. de Blasio thanked Mr. Sharpton for leading an anti stop-and-frisk rally, while Mr. Sharpton hailed the new mayor as a rare politician who could keep his word.
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Standing in a Brownsville, Brooklyn recreation center, Mayor Bill de Blasio repudiated much of his predecessor’s public safety legacy this afternoon.
With a host of elected officials looking on, the new mayor and his police commissioner said they would end the controversial appeal of a stop-and-frisk lawsuit, drawing overwhelming praise from some of Michael Bloomberg’s bitterest critics.
On the Stump
Mayor Bill de Blasio today made good on a campaign promise, laying out a deal to end the city’s appeal of a federal court ruling that deemed the NYPD’s implementation of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.
Under the deal, the city will accept Judge Shira Scheindlin’s assessment that the the Bloomberg administration engaged in racial profiling and move to settle case.
Hammering home several of the campaign themes that rocketed him to City Hall, Mayor Bill de Blasio and a host of elected officials celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this morning.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was officially sworn into office today and made clear in his opening remarks that there’s a new top cop in town.
Notably, while former Commissioner Ray Kelly was relentlessly criticized–including by Mr. Bratton’s new boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio–for alienating communities of color, Mr. Bratton vowed to fix the problem and reestablish trust in the NYPD.
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.
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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.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have a message to critics of stop-and-frisk: We told you so.