NEW YORK (PIX11) — As the biggest hire in New York City was announced by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio Thursday, many who would once have been critics of the NYPD issued statements in support of the Bill Bratton.
But a small group led by City Council Member Charles Barron organized a press conference on the steps of City Hall to blast the appointment. Barron called Bratton the architect of the controversial Stop and Frisk program.
“It’s like asking an arsonist to put out a fire!” Barron belted in front of the press.
Barron heavily criticized Bill de Blasio for vowing to end stop and frisk during his campaign, then scaling his words back to the ‘illegal application’ of the practice.
At one point the City Council Member called the next Mayor a “flip-flopped.”
Few were willing to join the chorus however. The absent included long-standing critics of Stop and Frisk. Rev. Al Sharpton, the NYCLU, and the Center for Constitutional Rights which filed the landmark stop and frisk case against the city.