The Corner

De Blasio Chooses Former Giuliani Police Commissioner to Head NYPD

New York’s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that he will appoint William J. Bratton to serve as New York’s police commissioner beginning January 1, 2014.

Bratton was appointed to be the New York City police commissioner in 1994 by Rudy Giuliani and worked with Giuliani to implement stop-and-frisk and adopted the broken-window theory of policing — cracking down on minor crime to bring down crime in general.

Under Bratton’s leadership, crime fell by 39 percent in the 1990s in New York City. After working in New York, Bratton was hired to act as the police chief for the LAPD, where crime was reduced by 54 percent compared to what it was under his predecessor.

“Bill Bratton is a proven crime-fighter. He knows what it takes to keep a city safe, and make communities full partners in the mission,” mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “Together, we are going to preserve and deepen the historic gains we’ve made in public safety – gains Bill Bratton helped make possible. And we will do it by rejecting the false choice between keeping New Yorkers safe and protecting their civil rights. This is an Administration that will do both.”

Bratton helped create the policy of stop-and-frisk which de Blasio advocated against and vowed to reform during his campaign. “Bill Bratton knows that when it comes to stop-and-frisk it has to be used with respect and it has to be used properly,” de Blasio said.

With crime rates in New York low compared to their level in the early 1990s, Bratton has vowed to continue a strong policing policy with “innovative tactics” and the “best technology.” “This department will not rest on its laurels,” he said. “We are going to continue making history as the safest big city in America.”

Most Popular

Alert: NRPlus Call with Devin Nunes is Imminent

We are delighted that Republican congressman Devin Nunes is joining us this week for a call with our NRPlus members. It’s Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. If you are a member, you should have an invite in your inbox. If you are not, you can sign up here. I’ll be moderating and we’ll be taking your questions through ... Read More
Politics & Policy

‘We Can’t Afford It’

Leon Trotsky — n.b., Millennials: He was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez before she was — understood the power of single-payer systems: “The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced with a new one: who does not obey shall not eat.” The socialist powers of Trotsky’s time made good on ... Read More
U.S.

When the Press Sees Red

You’ve probably seen the viral footage of a Native American beating his drum, surrounded by a crowd of students from Covington Catholic high school. One of them, wearing a MAGA hat, is right in front of him, with a smirk on his face. It was an odd moment combining the end of the March for Life, which the ... Read More