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NYPD Commish Acknowledges Police Contribution to ‘Worst Parts of Black History’

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton gave a speech yesterday in which he candidly discussed the often-rocky relationship the police have had over the years with African-Americans. Bratton spoke at a church in Queens, just weeks after FBI Director James Comey delivered a big speech on similar issues.

According to the New York Observer, Bratton said, “Many of the worst parts of black history would have been impossible without police, too. Slavery, our country‚Äôs original sin, sat on a foundation codified by laws enforced by police, by slave-catchers.”

He cited plenty of historical examples, including the police shooting of black teen James Powell in 1964 that kicked off the infamous Harlem riot.

In the past few months, ever since the Eric Garner case that set off protests across New York, Bratton has been speaking out publicly about the police and race, even admitting fault on the part of the police.

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