NEW YORK (PIX11) – The buzz is that Bill Bratton’s the guy. Three sources close to the NYPD say the word is that Mayor-Elect Bill DeBlasio is set to name the city’s former police commissioner as his top cop. The announcement, they say, is expected as soon as next Tuesday or Wednesday.
Bratton’s immediate challenge would be to carry out de Blasio’s campaign pledge to reform the NYPD’s controversial stop and frisk policy, a practice Bratton expanded as Police Chief of Los Angeles. According to a 2009 Harvard study, the practice spiked 49% during Bratton’s six-year tenure as LA’s top cop, from 587,200 stops in 2002 to 875,204 stops in 2008. Hispanics were stopped 48% of the time and under Bratton, 23% of all people stopped by Los Angeles cops were black.
As stops increased, so did the number of arrests, from 15% to 30% during Brattons tenure, compared to an average of only 6% arrests from hundreds of thousands of stops in New York.
De Blasio has made no secret of the fact that he has met with Bratton but has also spoke with Chief of the department, Phillip Banks and First Deputy Rafael Pinero.