NYPD Commissioner: Rift Between De Blasio, NYPD Will Take Time to Heal

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the rift between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police department is going to go on “a while longer.”

“I think it’s probably a rift that’s going to go on for a while longer,” he said. “However, we will be making efforts to sit down and talk with the union leaders in particular to deal with their issues. The issues go far beyond the race relations in this city. They involve labor contracts, they involve a lot of history in this city that’s really different from some of what’s going on in the country as a whole. But recent events here, the death of Mr. Garner in Staten Island, a recent accidental shooting death in one of our  public housing developments, the fact that the police have been without a contact for a number years, there is a whole series of local issues that are impacting on our ability to go forward. But we will be making that effort. We have to make that effort. We have no other recourse.”

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