Bill Bratton: A Slowdown Serves No Purpose


Former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says NYPD officers shouldn’t engage in a slowdown, following the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner.

“A slowdown serves no purpose because it gives the criminal element in the city a sense that the police aren’t going to do anything and if it goes on for a long period of time than the police trying to regain control is more difficult,” Bratton told WOR’s “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning.”

Bratton said a slowdown actually increases the danger and risk for officers, because criminals begin to believe that cops are afraid to act. For that reason, Bratton believes officers will continue to do their job and won’t engage in a slowdown.

“Some officers may, the majority will not. The nature of policing oftentimes requires strong, assertive action and officers will continue to move towards the calls,” Bratton said.

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