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Bratton Meets With Activist Groups To Talk Future

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Incoming Police Commissioner Bill Bratton met with some activists on Thursday who are hoping he'll bring changes to the NYPD.

Representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) were among those on hand for the meeting in Midtown.

Bratton said he would keep the lines of communication open, especially on hot button issues like stop and frisk and the surveillance of Muslims, but didn't discuss any specific plans.

"I'll have to take a look at what the department actually is doing, not having been involved with the NYPD, I know there's a lot of concern that have been expressed by many who feel that the actions are inappropriate. But until I get in and take a look at it, I really can't comment on it,” Bratton said.

"We're pleased that the mayor and the commissioner have reached out to critics of the current administration to talk about police reform. The mayor was elected on a promise to overhaul policing and keep crime down and I think talking to the advocates is an important first step,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the NYCLU.

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