Katie Toth Activist Dennis Flores holds a "Fire Bratton" sign for reporters: "Never once has he communicated to the people of Sunset Park."
After Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Benjamin Tucker as his second-in-command yesterday, he said the retired NYPD officer was "almost a perfect match to everything we're being asked to address in the department at this particular time."
But some of Bratton's growing number of critics say they aren't satisfied with what they consider a token position. They say Bratton's using tough rhetoric about bad-apple cops -- but that the commissioner isn't actually ending brutality.
I am proud to appoint Benjamin Tucker as the next First Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD pic.twitter.com/1d84WVnHsB— Commissioner Bratton (@CommissBratton) November 5, 2014
"For communities of color, the issue is how we are treated," says Josmar Trujillo, an activist and and organizer with New Yorkers Against Bratton, an ad hoc group that has lobbied against the city's top cop since he was picked by Mayor Bill de Blasio shortly after his election last year. "Not the musical chairs going on at One Police Plaza."More »