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Bratton To Carry Some Baggage In Return To One Police Plaza

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Reaction to Bill Bratton's appointment as police commissioner was generally favorable, but not universally so, and he'll carry some baggage with him upon his return to One Police Plaza. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

During his first tour of duty as police commissioner under Rudolph Giuliani, Bill Bratton employed aggressive tactics to drive crime down. Some say he's the wrong person to lead the department when stop-and-frisk has been such a hot-button issue.

"Asking Bill Bratton to come back and stop racial profiling, stop-and-frisk, is like asking an arsonist to help you put out fires," said City Councilman Charles Barron of Brooklyn. "And we're going to fight tooth and nail to see to it that Bratton leaves or there's major changes in the police department."

Others expressed a willingness to give Bratton a chance to continue lowering crime while mending fences with the community.

In a statement, the Rev. Al Sharpton said, "I told Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Bill Bratton that I hope they will work with a broad cross-sector of New Yorkers to continue the pursuit of both...and we discussed meeting over the next few days to discuss these matters with him and with other civil rights and community leaders."

Emmanuel Gonzalez, the leader of the Latino Officers Association, said that he hopes that Bratton can bring significant change.

"I think he's grown and has quite a bit of extensive experience since that time, and I think we as Latinos within the police department look forward to his leadership," Gonzalez said.

Michael Palladino, the president of the detectives' union, said that there are plenty of challenges to face.

"We have a reduced, diminished police force, we have a contract-less work force, and externally, Commissioner Bratton is going to have to co-exist with a federal monitor, an inspector general, a new profiling bill," Palladino said. "So certainly, there are some challenges, but if anybody likes a challenge, it's Bill Bratton."

Come January 1, he'll have a chance to start meeting them.

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