New York Police Commissioner William Bratton defended his policies forcefully yesterday, saying he is confident that by the end of 2014, crime in New York City will have fallen for the 24th consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Bratton said most major categories of crime have decreased this year compared to 2013. “It is a safe city. Can it be made safer? Yes,” he said.
Bratton added, “There was great fear in the [campaign for mayor] that this city was going to hell in a handbasket. It has not.” Still, shootings are up 6.8 percent and a grand jury is determining if a police officer should be charged in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July. Regarding shootings, Bratton said there has been a year-over-year drop in the number of shootings for four consecutive weeks. On criticism of the “broken windows” approach to policing, Bratton blamed “advocacy groups” for seizing on” a very small portion of this issue and (trying) to exponentially grow it.”