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Bratton claims NYPD cannot hire more black cops because of time in jail

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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has claimed it is hard to hire more black cops because ‘so many of them’ have spent time in jail. ‘We have a significant population gap among African American males because so many of them have spent time in jail,’ he told The Guardian. ‘And, as such, we can’t hire them.’

‘It’s an unfortunate fact that in the male black population, a very significant percentage of them, more so than whites and other minority candidates, because of convictions, prison records, are never going to be hired by a police department,’ he said, according to the New York Daily News.  ‘That’s a reality,’ he said.

Image credit: CBS New York
Image credit: CBS New York

‘That’s not a byproduct of stop and frisk.’   He’s referring to the policy which allowed police to question and potentially search someone if they had so-called ‘reasonable suspicion’ that person was committing an offense.  That policy was ruled unconstitutional in August 2013.

Commissioner Bratton, according to the article, said stop and frisk had ‘unfortunate consequences’ resulting in a number of young black men receiving summons for minor misdemeanors.  ‘Fifteen to 20 percent of black males have some type of criminal history and that’s an issue of great concern in the black community.

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2014 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, and NYPD police commissioner Bill Bratton, center, stand on stage during a New York Police Academy graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mayor de Blasio has spent much of the week answering questions about a 9 percent spike in crime in New York. But experts say that a major rise in crime, which hasn't happened yet during his administration, would be more damaging to him than other mayors since he had a reputation for being soft on crime, his relationship with the police is tenuous and so much of his plan to change the justice system is hinged on the idea that crime will not rise. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE – In this Dec. 29, 2014 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, and NYPD police commissioner Bill Bratton, center, stand on stage during a New York Police Academy graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mayor de Blasio has spent much of the week answering questions about a 9 percent spike in crime in New York. But experts say that a major rise in crime, which hasn’t happened yet during his administration, would be more damaging to him than other mayors since he had a reputation for being soft on crime, his relationship with the police is tenuous and so much of his plan to change the justice system is hinged on the idea that crime will not rise. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

But, the NYPD commissioner claimed, many summonses that resulted from stop and frisk aren’t considered during the officer hiring process. The issue of trying to hire blacks is a national issue,’ he said. ‘Every police department in America is having a hard time hiring blacks.’

Summonses do not automatically disqualify police candidates, but they are taken into account during the application process and repeated convictions could result in disqualification. Convicted felons, dishonorable discharges from the military and any applicant found guilty of domestic violence are automatically disqualified.

 

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