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The Commissioner of NYPD William Bratton has advised the public he has no intentions of changing any of his policy’s or procedures regarding police. This was said immediately after a press conference where many called for his resignation behind a “Broken Window” policy currently being implemented by which the people of… New York are being “harassed, abused, and brutalized” by police for the smallest infractions.
That policy resulted in a 14 year old being handcuffed and thrown through a store glass window, a fare paying customer on an MTA bus being dragged off and illegally detained, and the murder of Eric Garner by use of an “illegal choke hold”. Despite the out cry of the people concerning all of the above and despite the FBI now monitoring the investigation concerning the murder of Eric Garner NYPD police have continued this “pattern of assault”. For less than a week after the funeral of Eric Garner they “choked” another man in clear view of those who were video taping and in the mist of the city’s “uproar” concerning the choke hold used to murder Eric Garner.
Police have shown “no fear” of repercussions behind their actions and the remedy suggested by the commissioner is “more training”. It is our position that “training” will not give police more regard for law and that “punishment” is needed in order to curb further infractions. But what we have found – even from those elected to represent our concerns, is that what is deemed as “punishment” is no more than a “paid vacation”. Just days ago, an officer was video taped slamming a man to the ground, putting his revolver into his face “ready” to shoot. And had it not been for the courageous acts of a woman at the scene who stopped him that man would no longer be with us. However, the officer did not relent after his attack. After walking away, he then returned and “stomped” on the man head while the man laid on the ground “subdued” by another officer.
The actions of this officer were all video taped yet it did not stop him. The penalty he was given was a “modified duty” assignment in which he will receive his full salary, with no penalty for the assault and abuse of this man. Elected officials have applauded this as “discipline” and have commended NYPD in it’s swiftness to render what they consider discipline. The commissioner has advised “no changes” shall be made and elected officials “commend” the action they have taken. It is time for THE PEOPLE of this city to “speak out” concerning it. The commissioner and elected officials must hear from YOU! Your voice, your position, is not being made known. And this rally and press conference is an opportunity for you to do so! We cannot afford to “sit and wait” until they tell us “what it is” and “what it isn’t” concerning the murder of Eric Garner, nor can we allow those “out in the fore front” to represent our views and concerns when they don’t. We must speak for ourselves. And this Press conference and Rally, is an opportunity to do precisely that.