Bratton meets with critics, promises a ‘fresh look’

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William Bratton. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Incoming police commissioner Bill Bratton promised to take a "fresh look" at the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk and its surveillance of the Muslim community, after a meeting in Midtown on Thursday night with critics of the department.

"A number of them unfortunately feel that their issues weren't addressed," Bratton told Capital and NY1. "I'm hoping as I take a fresh look at them, I might have the ability to address them more effectively."

Asked if any of the nearly two dozen attendees expressed support for the NYPD's current "mapping" or surveillance programs, Bratton said, "Not in this group."

As Capital reported this morning, Bratton abruptly abandoned a plan to map Los Angeles' Muslim community when he served as commissioner of the LAPD, citing public criticism from Muslim leaders.

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Bratton promised then that the LAPD would "never do anything to the Muslim community, we will only do things with the Muslim community,” according to one leader who spoke to him at the time.

Bratton referenced that decision after the meeting on Thursday night.

Asked whether he would proceed forward with the NYPD’s mapping and surveillance program considering the resistance to it he heard at the meeting, Bratton referred to how he “quickly backed away” from the plan proposed in L.A.

“I know there’s been a lot of concern expressed by many who feel the actions are inappropriate, but until I get in and take a look at it, I really can’t comment on it,” he said.

Kirsten John Foy, who also attended the meeting, said Bratton referred to the practice of arresting people for small amounts of marijuana possession as "foolishness."

The current NYPD commissioner, Ray Kelly, has also supported changes to state law to reduce those arrests, but, despite the public support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the proposal was blocked by state legislators.