Bratton defends stop-and-frisk and John Miller
New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday he had no intention of ending the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy.
Asked by co-host Norah O’Donnell on "CBS This Morning" if he will halt stop-and-frisk, Bratton responded, “Not at all.”
The police commissioner went on to say, as he has before, that he wants to use it appropriately and explain to people why they are being stopped.
Bratton noted that Mayor Bill de Blasio "didn’t campaign against stop-and-frisk, he campaigned on reforming it.”
Despite the rhetoric during the mayoral campaign, the number of people being stopped by the NYPD has declined, as have crime rates.
Bratton also defended hiring his former spokesman-turned-journalist John Miller as his top anti-terror aide. The Daily News ran a front-page story last week mocking Miller’s credentials for the job.
Miller is “the best,” Bratton said.
Miller, who appeared on the show with Bratton, was asked by co-host Charlie Rose if he considered himself “a journalist or a law enforcement official.”
“[T]here’s almost no difference,” Miller said. “Intelligence is nothing more than understanding a problem. Intelligence with very good analysis is understanding a problem well enough to do something about it. That means collecting the facts, analyzing them down to what do they mean, what’s the potential effect and what’s the potential response. The work of intelligence officers and reporters is extraordinarily similar. You become a briefer. You tell your boss, here’s the bottom line. These are the potential responses. That’s kind of what you all do.”
UPDATE: Following the induction of 640 new cadets into the NYPD academy this morning, Bratton told reporters in Queens that “if he [Miller] had not agreed to take this position, I would not have taken” the job “because I need his skills, his relationship with the various federal agencies that we are going to seek to improve on.”
Bratton went on to say “It was not a deal breaker with the mayor for the mayor,” but rather “It was really a deal between John and I. ‘Are you coming? If you’re not, I’m not. If you are? Okay.’ He, like myself, is giving up an awful lot to take these positions.”