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New York - NYPD Commissioner Bratton Says Criminal Records Create Difficulty In Hiring Non-White Officers

Published on: June 9, 2015 11:51 PM
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FILE -  New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton exits the funeral of slain New York Police Officer Wenjian Liu at the Aievoli Funeral Home in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 04 January 2015. EPAFILE -  New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton exits the funeral of slain New York Police Officer Wenjian Liu at the Aievoli Funeral Home in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 04 January 2015. EPA

New York – Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in an interview with The Guardian stated that it is difficult to hire non-white police officers because of the high rate of criminal records among black and Hispanic men.

Police departments across the nation are trying to diversify their departments after widespread national killings of black men by white police officers, but according to Bratton, tactics such as “stop, question and frisk,” are to blame for a small pool of possible non-white recruits for the police department, reports The Guardian (http://bit.ly/1f1ioUZ ).

A complete criminal background check is part of the application process to join the NYPD. The NYPD immediately disqualifies convicted felons, anyone convicted of a domestic violence charge or anyone dishonorably discharged from the military as applicants.

Summonses do not automatically disqualify a candidate, but they are taken into account during one’s application process. Repeated convictions for an offense such as disorderly conduct – a crime that shows disrespect for the law – could disqualify a candidate.

“Stop, question and frisk” incidents resulted in many summonses for non-white men for minor offenses.

The policy was removed in 2013 by a federal judge, who referred to the policy as “racial profiling.”

Rochelle Bilal, vice-chair of the National Black Police Association and a former Philadelphia police officer, says Bratton now has to deal with the problem he created.

And although the stop-and-frisk policy has significantly diminished since 2013, Bratton believes broken windows policing – the strategy of enforcing low-level crimes to stop offenders from committing serious ones in the future – is essential  to keep New York City safe, despite no proof that broken-window policing has any connection to New York’s drop in major crimes.

An Associated Press analysis based on census data and 2007 figures shows that 23 percent of New York’s population is black compared to 16 percent of the NYPD.

A July 2014 study published by the Vera Institute of Justice of prosecutions of the Manhattan district attorney’s office shows that black defendants were 15 percent more likely than white defendants to be jailed for misdemeanor offenses and drug offenses, and 14 percent more likely than white equivalents to be imprisoned for felony drug offenses.

Information taken from The Guardian


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 Jun 09, 2015 at 11:58 PM Anonymous Says:

What has happened to Bill Bratton? This new guy is out of his mind. Yes. Let's hire criminal to be police officers, right Bill?

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 02:51 AM clear-thinker Says:

It is not as simple as the commissioner states. If a person is found responsible for a crime before the age of 16 he is not legally responsible hence no conviction. If convicted of a felony between 16-19 and given youthful offender status it does not count as a conviction. Additionally I would suggest the AP analysis is meaningless. quotas are wrong. Additionally why no quote about the Latino percentage. The nypd has been trying to increase the minority officers since the 1970s at the latest.

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 09:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Bratton needs to resign after making such a racial statetment

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 09:04 AM Just Wondering.... Says:

If no background check is needed to become president of the US why would one be needed to become a police officer?

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 09:06 AM lavrenty Says:

so yesterday they talk of hiring muslim terrorists to the nypd and now they want to hire thugs, this liberal de bozo is WORSE than we thought, thank all the frum orgs for endorsing this Marxist.

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 09:50 AM Enough Already Says:

Reply to #4  
Just Wondering.... Says:

If no background check is needed to become president of the US why would one be needed to become a police officer?

Point well taken. America elected a man that had most of his background hidden from view. This new Progressive mentality coupled with insane levels of political correctness will destroy our country.

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 10:11 AM puppydogs Says:

If 73 known terrorist are working for the TSA why can't the police department higher terrorists also?

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 11:09 AM bennyt Says:

Reply to #5  
lavrenty Says:

so yesterday they talk of hiring muslim terrorists to the nypd and now they want to hire thugs, this liberal de bozo is WORSE than we thought, thank all the frum orgs for endorsing this Marxist.

"Liberalism is a mental disorder." - Michael Savage

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 12:19 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Bratton needs to resign after making such a racial statetment

Why? For telling the truth, dummy?

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 12:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Bratton needs to resign after making such a racial statetment

I see black cops in BP all the time.

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 01:07 PM lavrenty Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I see black cops in BP all the time.

i see Chinese cops in BP all the time.

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 03:41 PM Rafuel Says:

Well, yes, it is also hard to find wolves to play the role of sheep considering recent historical record of the wolves vis-à-vis sheep. Duh.

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