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The Call Blog: Talks At City Hall Focus On Police-Community Relations

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I think it's a positive sign of the future of police-community relations in New York City to see Mayor de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bratton, and community leaders meet and start a dialogue. Yes, the issues they may be discussing may not be new, but new administration in City Hall may bring good change.


Your thoughts and comments are posted below.



In an effort to improve relations between police officers and residents, Mayor de Blasio held a roundtable discussion with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Rev. Al Sharpton, and community leaders from Staten Island today. The goal of the gathering at City Hall was to open the lines of communication on ways to reform the NYPD in the wake of Eric Garner's death after an attempted arrest for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

At one point, Rev. Sharpton told Mayor de Blasio, "If Dante wasn't your son, he'd be a candidate for a chokehold." He also criticized Bratton for saying publicly he didn't think race was involved before the investigation was complete. Sharpton is planning a protest march across the Verrazano Bridge in three weeks. What do you say?

Do you welcome efforts by Mayor de Blasio to "resolve issues that were years and decades in the making?" Will roundtable discussions with Rev. Al Sharpton and other clergy lead to a change on the streets? What questions would you have asked the leaders at the table? How would you describe the current state of police-community relations in New York City? What would you do to improve it?

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The solution to police brutality is not more training nor is it desk assignment after the incident. It should be exactly like what would happen to a civilian, i.e. arrest, charge and jail with bail depending on the circumstance. If convicted of a crime, cops should serve double time. Their job is to protect people. If instead they attack people and beat them up, they are deserving of twice the penalty.

Joe
Port Richmond



It's hard to believe this is 2014 and racism still exists espically in Staten Island i remember when i was a little boy and i was with my mother on Hylan Blvd coming from the Great Kills nature reserve and these white guys were in their cars saying go home using the "N" word. Rev Sharpton is right how dare Comissoner Bratton say race didn't play a factor in Mr Garner's case it did play a factor because number 99 knew he wasn't supposed to use the chokehold to subdue Mr Garner, Comissoner Bratton need to be fired and so do the cops and EMT workers that left Mr Garner on the sidewalk to die. The only way Mayor Diblasio can resolve the issues that were years in the making is to get ride of the racist cops starting from the top down, police-community relations in NYC is bad, to many white cops are harrasing the minority people for no reason that's bad. Mayor Diblasio needs to find a P.C. that will hire all the races to work for the NYPD. I WILL BE AT THE MARCH ACROSS THE VERRAZANO BRIDGE RACISM GOTTA STOP THIS IS 2014!!!!!!

Herman
Upper West Side



Since DeBlasio owes many people favors for his election he almost has to take a back seat to someone like Sharpton. To me the remark that Sharpton made about Dante was totally uncalled for and way out of line and this proves that he is running the show. He needs to dispense with the remarks. Why the race card is always brought up is beyond me and to me it's always sounds like a cop out. Once again DeBlazio and Speaker V. going on vacations back to back with one going to Italy and the other going to Taiwan. So neither one saw fit that the death of this man a few weeks ago was that important enough to cancel their plans. Could have fooled me along with many others the way they made all kinds of accusations and threw the race card at us then i guess in their minds pleasure before an emergency. DeBlasio is not the one resolving anything it's just what certain groups of people demand and they get what ever they want. In the meantime we are a divided city. Sharpton will get his money one way or another!!!

Maxxiee
Morris Park



I applaud DiBlasio's efforts and feel his heart is in the right place on this BUT I don't know about Bratton; I am not happy with his performance thus far. How can you be improving community relations when you continue to crack down on low level crime like pan-handling, and choke-hold a father of six, selling cigarettes to help support his family. The Police need to care more about people and their needs. The criminals they should go after are those who pose a threat to out safety. I would also like to see white-collar criminals brought to justice.

Barri
Jackson Heights



The statement Al Sharpton made: "If Dante wasn't your son, he'd be a candidate for a chokehold" shows to me that he is trying to draw into the equation, which is unfortunate but this is classic Al Sharpton. Again race has nothing to do with this incident so please stop with the race card mantra.

Michael
Jamaica



I say please remove people like Al Sharpton from this round table. It is clear that Mayor Bill is afraid a race-baiter. Sharpton is a hustler and in this game to promote himself and deflect attention off the issues. There are far more beneficial ways to improve the quality of life in our fair city

Ben
Brooklyn Heights



Respect is a two way street. Those in minority neighborhoods also need to respect the police. They are there to protect you. Parents, teach your children to obey, respect and listen to the police. If you get stopped or questioned, be polite and do what they say. Don't antagonize them. This will be a huge first step.

Angela
Bay Ridge



I dont think blasio get it... black and brown lives are expendable to drop police statistics. If the police sre never held accountable mistrust will always be broken.

Omar
Far Rockaway



My son will be 25 years old on August 7 and I remember Rev. Sharpton having a demonstration over the bridge a year or so before my son was born. Nothing has changed and nothing will change unless Blacks, Latinos along with Whites who empathize use their economic powers and the power of the vote not just on local level but the State and national level to hold politician accountable and make them understand these types of egregious behavior and racist culture will no longer be tolerated, only then will true change come.

Lee



The fact that Al Sharpton got a seat directly next to the mayor at a round table that discussed such a serious topic is all you need to know about Mayor de Blasio. Sharpton has made a career out of race bating and is not a politician nor an expert on the matter at hand. I can't believe that de Blasio has given him a podium.

Christine
Bay Ridge



The current police relations in New York is not very positive. These incidents seem to get lots of coverage when someone dies or a celebrity is harassed in NYC. Thing is these conditions existed for a very long time. I have been disrespected by New York's finest just watching them give someone a ticket fir nit paying their subway fair, while the cops where very abrasive to the person. I believe a solution would be to hire police from the city and not those who live outside the city as the out of city officers do not understand the residents. If you live in Long Island or upstate New York then that's
Where you should police.police your on peers.

Anonymous



Let us not forget that the Mayor, City Council, Police Commissioner, NYPD, etc. are ALL CIVIL SERVANTS. We must not allow their attitudes to become embolden, so as to think that they will not be held accountable .That corruption of any kind, or, unnecessary use of lethal force is what our society has become, and/or will accept..

Ken
Harlem



I think that the mayor and police commissioner are both confused about handling any future relations concerning the police force. The mayor and police commissioner of New York City should already have the knowledge of running the police force in this city, hence that is why they are in office. The mayor should not need Reverend Al Sharpton's advice or opinion on basic common sense ideas he should already have. Going forward, I believe the police commissioner needs to enforce stricter policies for the cops of this city and not have them believe that they can mistreat anyone in order to display their hierarchy. If an officer disobeys policies that end with fatalities, they should not be on desk duty, but rather terminated from the force. All of the troubled officers in this city are putting a bad label onto the overall police force which definitely has officers who protect this city and follow policies.

Jasber
Jamaica



I would like to let de Blasio know that I need POLICE ON THE STREETS to protect people not to fine people for passing through a subway gate. I don't see how that man could have Rev infront of his name Sharpton, he causes more trouble that ever. A Rev suppose to be a kind warm person who make peace not trouble.

Anonymous



I live on the upper west side of manhattan and I can't remember the last time a policeman said anything positive to me. (How are you? how's your day?) But I can remember the last time I was stopped on the street for "suspicious behavior". How can I give respect to an authority who never sets an example by giving any respect to me?

Sidney



How about this novel idea that no one is saying? Don't do something that's illegal. Don't sell illegal cigarettes. Don't loiter and look suspicious. The police do not need re-training. This statement is an insult to them. They managed to keep our city safe for years and years and we owe them our thanks. I agree wholeheartedly with Christine from Bay Ridge. Al Sharpton is an opportunist with little integrity. Two words: Tawana Brawley.

Paul
Bushwick



The police act like they are above the law . We need to send a strong message to them that if they act reckless they will be prosecuted like everyone.

Anonymous



for a fact there's no way on this earth that the system ...that... the cops have will change....why because they have a system where they need to give out a number of tickets and arrest..a month .and thatsa fact..they are the go getters for the "da'$" and the state...money makes the world go round....every thing the cops do most of the time the city looks the other way.....we are better off taking care of our selfs...stay out of trouble...and stay away from the nypd or any type of law in forecement....

Anonymous



These Police Officers need "sensitivity training", they need to learn people skills and how to deal with people of all nationalities, and not JUDGE. I say Thank God for these cameras recording them, if it wasn't for these cameras these Police Officers would literally get away with murder. They need to be governed and watched like everyone else.

Theresa
Upper West Side



I like to say that even if Mr Deblasio makes a dent in the way cops treat blacks and other minority, as soon as the current mayor steps out of office everything rolls back to the way it was.

Roy



I just want to make an important point that I have not heard so far...The fact of the matter here is that the man who died was being placed under arrest. I am not aware of any situation where someone avoided arrest by negotiating with the police after the decision has been made to arrest someone. The fact of the matter is, is that the man was resisting arrest. And if he did not resist arrest, he would still be alive today.

Kevin
Downtown Brooklyn



What occurred between Eric Garner and the officers was unacceptable. The video clearly demonstrates that the officers are responsible for the death of Mr. Garner due to the choke-hold they had him in. Mr. Garner did not at any instant appear aggressive nor did he attack the officers; Mr. Garner simply seemed confused and defensive for the fact that he had no idea why they were approaching him in that manner. I'm sure if a group of officers came out of no where and told me I was going to be arrested, I would react the same way. I strongly believe that the officers should be held accountable for the death of Mr. Garner and penalized accordingly; it will serve as a lesson to other officers. A majority of officers feel they are entitled to abuse, harass, or even kill people because of their authority figure status. Training policies should be examined, reevaluated, rewritten, and implemented. Officers should be punished if they commit a crime- they are civilians as well.
As the constitution states under the rule of law, "No one is above the law."

Nicole
Woodside



It's well and good to continue with new training concepts but in the case of the police officer in Mr. Garner's case, more training was not the issue. This officer had a blatant disregard for Mr. Garner's life. Seeing him wave and smile into the video was unbelievable. Tell me what training do you give someone like this?

Dave
Harlem



I was watching NY1(The call) and was listening to many people address this issue. Some in favor of Mr.Garner and others in favor of the NYPD. I overlla believe that the death of Garner could have been avoided if only the police used the proper tactics that they were trained to use. The problem is that their are many unqualified officers that are abusing their authority. They feel that they can harass and brutalize others (specifically African Americans and Latinos) because they have a badge. The NYPD role is to enforce and protect NYC. Some people are trying to flip the coin saying that this wasnt a racial incident and that Mr.Garner shouldn't have resisted arrest. I say their 100% INCORRECT. The video explains it all. Racism is an ongoing issue l, police brutality will never end. Police comissoner Bratton could save his time because I don't believe that REtraining the NYPD will make a difference. You can't train racist cops how to be productive officers in society. I believe that the police officers and EMT workers involved in this case should be fired and placed in JAIL. Firing them will have will lead by example and have a stronger affect.

Anonymous



All of these stuff could be avoided. If the public think they could do a better job. They should go to the police academy and do the job themselves. Shooting are up and they are asking for more police officers to be on the street. If someone commit a crime, now the officers will have to bagged the suspect to put his or her hand behind her back.

Anonymous



Until the police kill a white man nothing will change

Anonymous



What about cultural sensitivity training? Standing on the corner does not mean someone is doing something wrong. I live in BedStuy Bklyn; NYPD are harassing the young and old. Tuesday night, a few teens waling down the street singing. All of the sudden two po,lice officers and a team of officers began harassing them.

Tami
Brooklyn



The NYPD needs greater supervision. Sergeants and Lieutenants in the field need to make sure that patrol officers do not over react and exceed their authority when responding to incidents. They must be taught that while they have the authority to use force it is only force as maybe necessary to over the force or resistance being used against them. They cannot just be brutal. Training as Commissioner Bratton has indicated must be taught in the Academy, Police Officers must be taught that they cannot abuse any member of the Public. Training and Patrol Supervision. Finally police officers have to be held responsible. The police department is still facing the blue wall of silence where other cops are afraid not to react as rogue cops due because of fear of being labeled being against their brothers in blue.

Anonymous



This is classic cop culture. The only reason this whole incident is even being discussed is because of the video. If not for the video, we would be hearing only the stack of lies that they call a police report. It looks to me like the man was not resisting arrest, but trying to discuss this terrible community threatening crime of selling loose cigarettes. Give me a break!
Warn him and move on. No need to arrest in the first place. What are they thinking? six men to hold this guy down face to the pavement. Crazy.

Mark


THE POLICE FROM THE 120PCT RESPONDED TO THE STORE OWNERS WHO SAID PEOPLE WERE DRINKING , DO DRUGS, EAND DOING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND THEIR CUSTOMERS ARE AFRAID TO PATRONIZE THERE BUSINESS. ERIC GARNER HAS BEEN ARRESTED 31 TIMES( WHICH IS NEVER MENTIONED) AND NOW THEY ARE BEING PENALIZED FOR DOING THERE JOB. AL SHARPTON PICKS AND CHOSES HIS PROTESTS - WHERE WAS HE WHEN TWO BLACK COPS DOING THEIR JOB (FAMILY MEN WITH CHILDREN) WERE SHOT PLANK RANGE IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD BY A BLACK MALE WHO IS IN JAIL AND GOT A PRISON GUARD PREGANT - HE SHOULD BE IN SOLIDARTY CONFINMENT OR PUT TO SLEEP. WERE IS THE OUTRAGE FOR THAT. AL SHARPTON NEVER PROTEST OR HAD RALLIES. WAKE UP.

Anonymous



Come to Jamaica Queens, Only white officers in a black neighbourhood. Are we supposed to feel equal. How about all black officers in a white neighbourhood.

Pamela
Queens

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