Bratton: Police Made Worst Moments of Black History Possible

Ross Barkan, New York Observer, February 24, 2015

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, addressing a predominately African-American audience at a Black History Month breakfast this morning, said some of the worst moments in black history would not have happened without the regrettable actions of police officers.

“Many of the worst parts of black history would have been impossible without police, too,” Mr. Bratton said at the Greater Allen AME Church in Southeast Queens. “Slavery, our country’s original sin, sat on a foundation codified by laws enforced by police, by slave-catchers. ”

Mr. Bratton explained that Peter Stuyvesant, one of the original Dutch colonists of Manhattan, created a police force and encouraged a system of slavery. “Since then, the stories of police and black citizens have been intertwined again and again,” he said.

The police commissioner, who has been trying to mend a rift between City Hall and rank-and-file officers after anti-police brutality protests roiled the city last year, pointed to the police shooting of a Manhattan black teen in the 1960s as another example of law enforcement’s occasionally corrosive role in American race relations.

“An NYPD lieutenant shot and killed a 15-year-old African-American boy in Yorkville. The killing ignited six nights of riots in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant and half a decade of urban unrest in cities across the country,” Mr. Bratton said.



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  • DaveMed

    What a weasel.

    Black History Month brings out the absolute worst in White people. Such pathetic attempts to curry favor.

  • phorning

    I don’t understand what slavery has to do with the current police force or even the police force in New Amsterdam. Is he saying the colonial police officers should have refused to enforce certain laws if they found them unjust?

  • John Smith

    Another white liberal ass-kisser trying to ingratiate himself for the sake of his job.

    • Speedy Steve

      Right you are, sir. The beat cop on the mean streets of NYC know the score. They also detest their disgusting excuse of a mayor. Bratton is the mayor’s bum-boy.

  • whatodopeople?

    My take on this is: blacks were trouble from the very beginning until today.

    • Alden

      Colonial NewYork had to abolish the Dutch version of mardi gras, pinkster because of the crimes committed by black slaves and freedmen during the festival. Colonial Boston had problems with blacks as early as the 1660’s. That was due to the Puritan slave trade. They brought Africans to an area of small farms that really had no use for a lot of farm labor. So the slaves and freedmen mooched around Boston surviving as best they could.

  • Translation:

    You all should get really mad at all these dead cops that used to do really naughty things to dead black people. Hopefully you’ll get so mad that you won’t catch on to the fact that we’re shipping you out of New York City and dumping you on Long Island and Westchester suburbs at break neck speed to make the city itself safe for the constant stream and conga line of Ivy League grads moving here to work for Wall Street, getting their cut of the quantitative easing loot.

    If you want to avoid the Sailerian Dialectic and take Bratton’s rant at face value, what he’s saying is that cops should only enforce the laws in ways that don’t make the black undertow upset.

    But even though Bratton’s speech acknowledged his department’s fraught relationship with communities of color, police reform advocates argued Tuesday that history may not look back kindly on the commissioner unless he does more to improve racial disparities in policing.

    They’re assuming that history will be written by the descendants of today’s rinky dink powerless community activists in New York. The truth is that history is far more likely to be written by the descendants of the constant stream and conga line of Ivy League grads moving to New York to work for Wall Street.

    • RedOnTheHead

      They’re spreading them out further than Westchester. A high percentage of our police blotter entries in Northeast Pa. include ‘formerly from the Bronx’ or Brooklyn’.
      The welfare offices in NYC have travel promotion posters for our area touting the bennies are plentiful and easy to get. Crime is up and the murder rate increased ten fold in the last 10-15 years.

      • IstvanIN

        Gov. Wolf won’t stop them.

      • Alden

        NYC sent Puerto Ricans to Pennsylvania about 25 years ago. One of the magazines, Time or Newsweek had a big article and a cover. What the writers were looking for of course was prejudice and discrimination against the Prs by the evil blue eyed descendants of German and Scots frontiersmen.

    • Alden

      In plain English the communities of color still hate Brattin because he is White no matter how much sucking up he does, and the White liberals will continue their campaign against him and all police and any kind of law enforcement against blacks.

  • LexiconD1

    Worse Chief of Police L.A. ever had, he couldn’t even pass the test to carry a gun. Los Angeles couldn’t get rid of him fast enough.

    • jayvbellis

      There were few, no Black Riots in LA when Braxton was police chief. LA under Bratton was nothing like LA under mayor Tom Bradley where Bradley order the police to stand down, riot, loot and assault in the Rodney King riots.

    • Alden

      No,the chief who couldn’t pass the test to carry a gun was Willie Williams a black affirmative action moron brought in by Stanley Shienbaum and the commiseration after the Rodney King riots. Williams could not pass the POST test, police officer standards and training. When he came to Los Angeles he had been a cop for about 25 years. He was tutored intensely for the test. He took it many times but always flunked. He was about 75 pds overweight as well. The uniforms come in 5 sizes, xtra small to xtra large but they had to make xxxtra large ones for him. He never went to any police a academy. He started out as a Philly city park security guard. At some point they were given guns and grandfathered into the Philly PD.
      Williams greatest moment was during the horrendous 1994 earthquake. He refused to come to work that day because he was afraid. Mayor had to send several deputy chiefs to his home to drag him, protesting all the way to police headquarters. Unlike black women who try to be boss, Williams did nothing while in office and allowed the deputy chiefs to get on with the job of running the department

      It was the head of the police commission, Stanley Sheinbaum who ramrodded the totally unqualified Wilie Williams into the job. For years Sheinbaum worked with the black rabble rouses and the tiny but powerful communist party book store in the civic center sheinbaum is a Marxist economist. He has not worked at a real job since his marriage to one of the daughters of Jack Warner, heiress to the Warner studio fortune.

      Many Whites wonder how black on White crime, affirmative action and the flood of immigrants happened. It was the Stanley Sheinbaums Marxists with capitalist billions to work with who changed America to the detriment of Whites.

  • Luca

    The worst moment in Black history was when Europeans agreed to buy slaves from the black and Arab slave traders. They should have just traded for bananas, spices, ivory, wood carvings and voodoo dolls.

    • IstvanIN

      Worst moment in White history.

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    I’ve always suspected the police were responsible for the majority of racial problems. I suggest we fire all police officers and replace them with social workers. We’ve got thousands of psyc majors graduating from colleges who would make fine officers. Instead of guns they would carry love beads and a sign that stated “free hugs”.

  • RacialRay

    If there is only one type of lowlife I despise more than a diverse race-baiter, its a shameless white apologist. This is hardly the first time that Bill Bratton has offered up his pale skin, his threadbare credibility and his shriveled cojones to cozy up to the undertow.

    Some truly foul, deep-dish, down low, tongue-in-groove arse-lickin’ goin’ on here.

    • Alden

      Bratton’s wife’s religion has a lot to do with both his pro black criminal stance and his career. With all his various government jobs he will probably retire with a$450,000.00 per year pension

  • ozamataz

    I’ll celebrate Black History Month when Blacks are history. I’d like a White country to celebrate in.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Nice comment.

  • dd121

    You have to remember, their mayor is an anti-white communist.

  • Hammerheart

    Another fool sacrificing his honor and the truth to appease a mob of stunted children.

  • libertarian1234

    The groveling by this sycophant is amazing to behold.

    If they ever bring back “Tales from the Crypt,” he’s a natural for the program’s host.

  • MBlanc46

    Any respect I had for this individual has been totally extinguished.

  • Rhialto

    The police exist to enforce a government’s laws. I have known criminal Blacks, who considered the police to be enemies for doing this, but they understood that this was the function of the police.

    My guess is that Commisioner Braton is just sucking up to Mayor Deblasio in hopes of keeping his job a bit longer. He knows that he is scheduled to be replaced by a Black Lesbo or Tranny.

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  • KenelmDigby

    In fact, no formal ‘police department’ as we understand the term today, existed in the 18th and early 19th century.

  • Gunter Mabuse

    Washington, D.C. had to pass fairly harsh vagrancy laws after the civil war to cope with all of the ex slaves who had fled north. They were, for the most part, expecting Lincoln to take care of them, since they no longer had masters.

    • ElComadreja

      They had to wait for Johnson.

    • Alden

      I’m sure a lot of southerners are familiar with the orders union generals had to make after the emancipation proclamation, “All former slaves are to remain where they are and work for wages. Commanders are not to offer food and shelter. Commanders are to order slaves to return to their homes.” I’m sure the abolitionist Quakers and puritans who followed the army promised the former slaves a land of milk and honey if the swarmed north.

  • jayvbellis

    Batton was one of the savior a of New York City. He also seemed to do an Ok job as police chief in LA. Unfortunately, going to LA, marrying in to a certain tribe, wanting to move in certain media circles tends to move just about everyone in to Liberal, PC positions on Blacks – unless you want to be all alone you have to…

    Go with the flow.

    Even George Wallace in later years went with the flow, changed, did outreach, accepted to new Gods of the day.

    Ron Paul and Rand Paul are doing it.

    Unless we can destroy the careers, social lives of those who do this, most people will will do this.

    • This is why I don’t take Bratton’s rant at face value. Does he really love the people who that city can’t truck out of that city fast enough to suit itself, or is it all just one big distraction from that? My bet is on the latter.

      • jayvbellis

        Bratton likes to keep good jobs, and tends to say things to please certain people. He’s obviously saying these things to,please the new NCV mayor and the mayor’s hideous Black, former lesbian wife.

  • MartelsGhost

    Blacks have made the worst moments of American History possible………………………….

  • Alexandra1973

    If I came up with a presentation concerning black history, the race-hustlers would be screaming for blood. I’d present all the black thugs.

  • dd121

    What do you expect? Their communist mayor appointed this guy.