Policing Issues Becoming Liability in de Blasio Re-Election

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As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faces a re-election fight next year, an issue that galvanized his first run — achieving significant police reform — is becoming a liability, reports the New York Times. Caught between his soaring rhetoric as an outsider candidate and the realities of leading a city with a hair-trigger sensitivity to crime, de Blasio is disappointing many who once supported him, in a community he can ill afford to lose: the black voters who propelled him to office. “There’s a buzz going around about the disappointment,” said Bertha Lewis, who served on de Blasio’s transition team in 2014 but has become a vocal critic. “There’s a growing enthusiasm gap.” There have been opportunities for de Blasio him to live up to his image and his promise as a police reformer. Instead, those issues have become magnets for dissent.

Included are tens of thousands of dollars in extra pay for Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold in 2014, disciplinary records newly shielded from disclosure, resistance to police-reform legislation in the City Council and continuing fidelity to a “broken-windows” model of policing. At the Council, a growing number of members have been refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of meetings, in part, because of de Blasio’s handling of policing issues.

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  1. I refer you to the 1983 NYPD Sgt test fiasco.

    I KNOW for a FACT that through out the 1980’s and up to when I retired, the questions and topics were leaked to NYPD minority fraternal organizations. I OVERHEARD two minority chiefs discussing this in a Chinese restaurant the disappointing results of the NYPD 1987 Lieutenant’s test and one, said “We even got them the answers to that test AND they still couldn’t pass”. The oral part on that test was so biased toward minority candidates and women. EVEN then, the city had to “readjust” the weight of each section to get the numbers they wanted. The lawsuit dragged on until a judge with some integrity said to throw the test out. But the city got what it wanted, it was too late. Those who “passed” were already Captain’s and Deputy Inspectors and could not be reverted to Sergeants. This held up the people who initially passed the test, and those newer sergeant s who should have taken the test and were held up by litigation and waiting for the city to promote the mostly white sergeants who originally passed.

    The actions at the NYPD “Applicant” Investigations Section ” were always a joke. I knew cops who were investigators who gave up a Detective’s shield because they were ordered to sabotage white applicants for minority/women candidates. The NYPD had to bring in female black sergeants and investigators to get the job done.

    With all this, they finally got it done. NYPD his a minority/majority department.

    Who says social engineering does not work?

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