NYPD Commish: Grand Jury System Under ‘Assault,’ Cops ‘Under Attack’


Appearing on Morning Joe Friday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said that in light of the Eric Garner grand jury decision, police officers are coming unfairly “under attack” and the grand jury system is under “assault.”

Joe Scarborough admitted he is “embarrassed” that he did not bring a police officer onto his show to get that perspective, telling Bratton that he made a “real mistake” this week. Bratton agreed and said the reporting on the Garner case has reflected a “muting” of a police officer’s point of view, telling Scarborough that even his own show was guilty of assaulting the justice system:

“The opening hour here, the 6 o’clock when you guys came on, the first 10 minutes or so, a lot of it was about assault on the grand jury system. The grand jury system is what we have. Those 23 people went into that room, saw all the evidence which none of us have seen, and made a decision based on that evidence. We’re all now commenting on their actions, none of us having seen what they saw. So we shouldn’t be assaulting the grand jury or the decision if that’s the law of the land.”

Bratton’s comments echo those made by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in which the governor said he does not want to “second-guess” the grand jury process.

Watch the video below, via MSNBC (Bratton’s comments begin at around 16:42):

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