Repeated disruptions led New York City Council leaders to clear the public from a hearing where Police Commissioner William Bratton was testifying yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Two dozen protesters showed up to shut down the proceeding. Around 30 people were ejected from the city council chamber about 25 minutes into the hearing after repeated disruptions, including a 38-year-old woman who had to be carried out.
Some demonstrators called on the council to reject proposals to hire new police officers. Others called for an end to the “Broken Windows” policing strategy that Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio have championed as an effective crime-fighting tool. The disruptions began almost immediately after Bratton began speaking. The commissioner was interrupted at least five times during his opening remarks. Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, chairwoman of the public safety committee, decided to clear the chamber of all public members. Bratton made light of the situation, citing entertainer Jimmy Durante: “Everybody wants to get into the act.”