Former LAPD Chief William Bratton Returns to NYPD Commissioner Post

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New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio named William J. Bratton to return as the city’s police commissioner Thursday, selecting the former LAPD police chief to head a department praised for overseeing a drop in crime but criticized for its use of racially charged stop-and-frisk tactics.


Former L.A. police Chief William J. Bratton, pointing, in 2009. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Bratton had been expected to get the job, which has been held since 2002 by Raymond Kelly. De Blasio, who will take office in January at the end of Michael Bloomberg’s third and final term, was a harsh critic of Kelly and vowed to replace him if elected.

In a statement issued prior to a news conference announcing the appointment Thursday, De Blasio called Bratton a “proven crime-fighter.”

“He knows what it takes to keep the city safe,” the mayor-elect said.

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