New York City’s police commissioner made the rounds on Sunday news shows to call for a “lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue” to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect, reports the Associated Press. Commissioner William Bratton spoke on NBC’s “Meet The Press” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” a day after the funeral for one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car last week.
Bratton said “pent-up frustrations” that have caused people to take to the streets in recent weeks go far beyond policing policies across the nation. He said poverty, wealth inequity and unemployment are at the root of the conflict. Bratton also defended Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying it was wrong for hundreds of police officers to turn their backs outside a Queens church as de Blasio spoke at the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos. “That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos,” Bratton said. “And to bring politics, to bring issues into that event, I think, was very inappropriate.”