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Purge toxic officers

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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I appreciate Bill Bratton’s quick and positive action in deciding to retrain all the NYPD in the use of force, after the tragic encounter involving Mr. Eric Garner. However, that strategy alone might not be effective enough to achieve the desired goals of reducing abuse and improving police/community relations. The problem is not that the police do not understand the techniques related to applying force; the problem is that a few of their members habitually and despicably use wrongful force, mainly on members of minority communities. Along with retraining, the commissioner should purge the force of toxic police officers who tarnish the reputation of the entire force. The combined efforts of retraining and purging would go a long way to: (a) improve relations with minority communities, (b) lower the costs of multimillion-dollar abuse settlements, and (c) decrease the likelihood of a highly publicized violent reaction to police brutality, which would be catastrophic to this city’s improved property values and tourism industry.

Glenn Hayes
Kew Gardens

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