August 2, 2016 | 5:08pm  


NYC’s leaders have mixed feelings about Bratton’s exit

By Yoav Gonen, Michael Gartland, Shawn Cohen and Georgett Roberts

Bill Bratton. Photo: Chad Rachman

Local officials praised Bill Bratton’s tenure as top cop in the wake of his sudden resignation – but some advocacy groups who’ve opposed his policing strategies said his departure couldn’t come soon enough.

“Commissioner Bill Bratton has served this City with distinction, keeping our citizens and neighborhoods safe,” City Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a statement. “I want to thank him for working to reduce crime in the nation’s largest City.”

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance also lauded Bratton for making the city a safer place, calling him “the world’s most innovative leader in policing and public safety.”

“Over the past two and a half years, he has been a collaborative partner, open-minded and receptive to a broad range of ideas and perspectives about how to improve public safety and make the criminal justice system more fair,” he said.

Even US Attorney Preet Bharara chimed in, saying “every New Yorker owes [Bratton] a debt of gratitude.”

“Over a long career, on both coasts, no one has done more for policing and public safety in America’s largest cities than Bill Bratton,” he said. “Under his leadership, the relationship between the NYPD and our office is as strong as ever.”

But opponents of Bratton’s “Broken Windows” style of policing said they’re glad to see him leave.

“I hope he leaves town immediately and takes ‘Broken Windows’ with him,” said state Assemblyman Charles Barron of Brooklyn. “The mayor is in trouble himself, and as long as he continues the policies of Bratton, then he is vulnerable himself.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton said Tuesday he has “mixed feelings” about Bratton’s decision to step down from his post as top cop.

“But I wish him well,” he said at a press conference, adding that he doesn’t know the new commissioner, O’Neill, well enough to comment.

Sharpton said he told de Blasio that O’Neill needs to meet with civil rights groups, faith leaders and local grassroots leaders.

“So we will understand exactly what his vision is for policing,” he said.

Sharpton added that he wants to know how O’Neill “would deal with our continuing difference on the concept of ‘broken windows,’ which we still vehemently are opposed to.”

Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake also attended the press conference and said he didn’t think Bratton’s resignation had anything to do with what happened to him.

He claims he was roughed up by cops while trying to intervene in a street dispute Saturday. Blake on Monday had told reporters he wanted an apology from Bratton, who said he wasn’t willing to give one.

“I am in no way going to presume that what happened yesterday lead to the decision today,” Blake said. “I spoke to the mayor briefly on Sunday. He listened. He was responsive. He apologized.”

The New York Civil Liberties Union credited Bratton with reducing the use of stop-and-frisk but called ‘Broken Windows’ an “outmoded” policing model.

“What’s more, Commissioner Bratton continued to resist calls for transparency, particularly involving the NYPD’s use of invasive surveillance technology,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.

“We need a new era of policing in New York. The new commissioner should embrace de-escalation tactics and community-based policing.”

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch thanked Bratton for his service and said he’s looking forward to working with the new police commissioner, James O’Neill.

Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino insisted he wasn’t particularly surprised by Bratton’s decision to step down.

“But I am very interested in hearing why,” he said. “I imagine his love for the job is what kept him here longer than expected given the atmosphere and conditions facing law enforcement in this city today.”