NEW YORK — NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received backlash for their comments on the Black Lives Matter movement over the weekend.
One called the Black Lives Matter movement "inherently racist," the other called it "leaderless.”
NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani don't typically see eye-to-eye, except on the Black Lives movement. They seemed to be almost be on the same page and found common opinions on the topic.
During a radio interview on WABC, Bratton said Black Lives Matter could learn from the NAACP and the history of the civil rights movement. He called the Black Lives Matter movement "leaderless."
Giuliani, on the other hand, called it "inherently racist" during his interview with CBS on Sunday. He stood by his comments on Monday, saying "it's inherently racist because, number one, it divides us...All lives matter: White lives, black lives, all lives," the former mayor told Fox News.
Organizers from the New York City chapter of Black Lives Matter said the statements from both men were irresponsible, especially when one came from the city's current top cop.
On Monday, Bratton clarified the comments he made this past weekend in a press conference updating the city's crime stats. This time he was more careful with his words and read a prepared statement.
Bratton said he had no concern at all with Black Lives Matter, its name or impact on the community. However, he said he worried about the stereotypes and the violence it could unleash against his police officers. While he acknowledged there are some officers who make mistakes, he said the NYPD’s mistakes occur fewer times than most departments.
Bratton also went after demonstrations and its effectiveness. On Monday he said there was no time for demonstrators but instead time for dialogue.
Organizer for Black Lives Matter, Autumn Marie, said comparisons to the civil rights movement was unfair and instead, diminishes the accomplishments of the BLM movement here in New York City and across the country.
Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in on the issue, but tread carefully on the controversial topic. While he called Giuliani’s comments divisive, he came short in saying the same about Bratton. Instead, de Blasio said the two have tremendous commonality and that he believes the BLM movement as a whole has accomplished a great deal and created fair dialogue.