New York Post
April 1, 2014

Letter to the Editor

April 1, 2014

To the letters editor:

We disagree with your “Spoiled Bratton” editorial that hangs sole responsibility for a federal monitor on the judge who ordered it.  The simple truth is that if the Bloomberg administration had listened to the PBA’s concerns - raised years ago - about quotas for police actions, including stop and frisks, then there never would have been a class action suit which led to a federal monitor and inspector general.  Commissioner Bratton is absolutely correct about morale being awful, in part, because of the heavy-handed way that management dealt with our members from within the department.  Reduced staffing put public safety and our officers at risk further impacting morale.  And then, police officers became the undeserved target of politically ambitious officials who blamed them for the failed stop and frisk policy instead of those who instituted it.  Being blamed for having to implement something you disagree with is a morale crusher.

Patrick J. Lynch
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York