October 3, 2014

Bratton: 'Brutal, corrupt' cops will be weeded out


NYPD Commissioner William Bratton kicked off an all-day conference with his executive staff by saying the department was "in a good place" fighting crime, but added that some cops are "brutal, corrupt, racist and incompetent" and will be aggressively weeded out.

Bratton's remarks came as he spoke to 800 NYPD executive officers and staff at the new $800 million state-of-the-art police academy in College Point, Queens. Commanders from all precincts and assorted commands gathered for soup-to-nuts presentations about everything from Bratton's re-engineering program to the state of terrorism.

In his 18-minute opening statement, Bratton said the watchword under his leadership is "collaboration."

Bratton said he wants "proactive leadership," which could build trust and improve how the NYPD interacts with minority communities, neighborhoods which he said still bear the brunt of serious crime in the city.

"Too many of our poor are still living in uncertainty," Bratton said. "The bulk of the crime that is occurring is still in those neighborhoods."Bratton acknowledged the bad publicity following disclosure of recent arrest videos, such as in the Eric Garner case.

Bratton said there were some officers who have no business carrying a badge.

"The reality is that at the moment there are some in this organization who shouldn't be here," Bratton said. "There are a few, a very few in this large organization, who just don't get it . . . when they take that oath . . . they commit to obeying the law."