Advocates to issue recommendations after Bratton meeting

Advocates plan to issue recommendations for incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton following their first meeting with him last week. The recommendations aim to keep focus on Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio's campaign promises of transparency and accountability, even citing reports issued by the mayor-elect in his position as Public Advocate. Credit: Miles Dixon
Advocates plan to issue recommendations for incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton following their first meeting with him last week. The recommendations aim to keep focus on Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio’s campaign promises of transparency and accountability.
Credit: Miles Dixon

Incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s first meeting with community organizers and advocates took place Thurs., Dec. 12. The advocates called Bratton’s attention to the policies and behaviors that have been found to be discriminatory in their purpose or implementation, from stop-and-frisk to the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance program.

According to a source familiar with the meeting, Communities United for Police Reform will be releasing a set of policy recommendations on Monday based on issues discussed with Bratton during the meeting. The recommendations aim to keep focus on Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio’s campaign promises of transparency and accountability, even citing reports issued by the mayor-elect in his position as Public Advocate.

Their recommendations range from pushing for changes in police behavior to increasing institutional transparency and compliance with recent City Council legislation and federal court rulings.

Their recommendations will highlight the so-called “quota system” that police union leaders have said encourages officers to engage in excessive enforcement behavior, including conducting unwarranted stops. Some have expressed concern that the imperative to keep crime down will cause de Blasio’s commitment to squashing any “quota system” to waver.

And they will not only urge Bratton, and the de Blasio administration, to drop the appeal of the Floyd v. City of New York decision declaring the NYPD’s implementation of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional, but they will ask that the NYPD and the city actively support implementation of the remedies issued with the Floyd decision, as well as the reforms in the City Council’s Community Safety Act laws.

Advocates also hope Bratton will help push along two Community Safety Act bills that have yet to be passed: one to require officers to inform New Yorkers with a Miranda-like warning of their right to refuse a search; and another to require officers to not only identify themselves as NYPD when engaging in police behavior, but also to explain the reason for whatever action they’re taking and provide information how to file a complaint or commend officers for courteous or professional behavior.

Bratton was also reportedly reminded of a failing grade then-Public-Advocate Bill de Blasio doled out to the NYPD on a “Transparency Report Card” in April. The only other agency to receive an “F” from the Public Advocate was the New York City Housing Authority.

De Blasio’s criticism was at the time based on reports of the NYPD failing to obey Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests and make records public. Based on the Thursday night meeting with Bratton, advocates plan to encourage him to keep the NYPD on task with complying promptly and consistently with FOIL, the Open Meetings Law and the Open Data Law.

The community organizers also reportedly plan to advise Bratton to continue to cut down on costly low-level arrests and summonses, such as those for possession for small amounts of marijuana. While such arrests have reportedly been on the decline in recent years, black and Latino New Yorkers are still disproportionately affected by them.

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Bloomberg: Going green will grant you longer life…

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg tells Metro that cities are where fighting global warming can make a difference, and increase people’s lifespan.

International

Ban Ki Moon: "Climate change is an issue…

My message to you is: make your voice heard and your actions count. Change is in the air. Solutions exist. The race is on. It’s time to lead.

Local

Earth Day New York food toolkits to help…

Hundreds of classrooms across New York City already have indoor container gardens that allow students to grow food right where they learn. But Earth Day…

Local

NYPD announces street closures for United Nations General…

The United Nations representatives are in town, and multiple city streets will be closed to traffic through Saturday, Sept. 26. The NYPD is urging those…

Television

10 Facts you won’t learn about Frankie Grande…

Frankie Grande is the worst and/or the best. Whether or not you're a fan, you'll want to know these facts about the polarizing player from "Big Brother 16."

Movies

Antoine Fuqua can kill someone with just a…

It's amazing what you can get done with the right tools. In designing the climactic battle in "the Equalizer," in which Denzel Washington's retired special…

Movies

Guess Ben Kingsley's worst filmmaking experience

Here's a fun game: Sir Ben Kingsley has made a lot of films since "Gandhi" in 1982, but at least one of them was a…

Books

Does Lena Dunham have any secrets left?

Get a sneak peek at her new book to determine if it’s worth the read.

NFL

3 things that went wrong in Jets loss…

The Jets have very little room for error with a far-from-explosive offense.

NFL

Eli Manning finally feeling good in West Coast…

The Giants have very little time before their next game, but they still took a moment to relish the team’s biggest offensive outburst since Week 1 of 2013.

College

College football top 25 poll: Oregon, Alabama close…

College football top 25 poll: Oregon, Alabama close in on FSU

NFL

Jay Cutler takes Marc Trestman's coaching to heart

While Jay Cutler turned to an autobiography on the man who would be his head coach, Trestman had personal experience with the player.

Wellbeing

5 gadgets to protect you from sharks, concussions,…

The medical industry is inundated with devices looking after all aspects of your wellbeing, from monitoring your sleep patterns to warding off shark attacks. We…

Wellbeing

Are you a narcissist? We look at the…

I have a friend who constantly talks about herself and rarely asks any questions about my life. She is constantly preening, obsessed with her body,…

Wellbeing

Lacking new ideas, Apple Watch disappoints health experts

Technology pundits were quick to predict the demise of most fitness wristbands and smartwatches when the Apple Watch was announced. But health care professionals and…

Style

Sarah Doukas on social media, models and diversity

The maker of Kate Moss tells Metro how social media can drive the diversity change in the fashion industry.