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Bill Bratton: 'Very Interested' in Return as NYPD Commissioner

By    |   Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 12:53 PM

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday he would be "very interested" to return as head of the department under Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

Speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Bratton said he met Tuesday with de Blasio "to talk about the position" and "my perspective" on running the biggest police department in the country.

"As a result of that conversation, having looked at it quite seriously, as you might expect, if asked, I would be very interested in coming back into that position once again," he said.




Bratton, who has also served as the head cop in Los Angeles and Boston, addressed the controversial stop-and-frisk policy in New York, calling it "a basic tool of policing everywhere in America." He indicated it could be used effectively in minority communities when police specifically target known criminal groups.

"It's really the focus on knowing who is committing the crime, to the best of your ability, and then focusing on that group," Bratton said, pointing to the accomplishments in Los Angles that were made using a similar crime prevention technique.

Bratton said stop-and-frisk incidents in Los Angeles are 25 percent higher than in other cities, but noted that because police target identified groups known for criminal activity, public complaints are minimal.

"L.A. does 25 percent more stops than New York. But, you don't get the complaints, because the focus is on a portion of the population that is actively engaged in crime," he said. "You can remove the black face or the brown face as the face of crime, and make changes."

MSNBC talk show host Al Sharpton agreed with Bratton on the policy of targeting criminals, rather than minority or other groups, to reduce crime.

"You don't target the people that are the victims, and criminalize them. I think that's the problem [in New York]," he said. "I think what Commissioner Bratton said is very important.

"I think that you have your best for the citizenry, if you have community and police working together," he added.
 
 
 
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