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Harlem, New York City: Rally and march against the appointment of Bill Bratton as police commissioner, December 27, 2013.

On December 27, 2013, community members and parents and relatives of youth murdered by the NYPD spoke out in Harlem and marched from 125th st to 149th st in the Bronx against new mayor Bill de Blasio’s appointment of William “Bill” Bratton as the new NYPD commissioner. 

Bratton was commissioner of NYC from 1994-1996, when he fully implemented the racist Stop and Frisk policy, which has overwhelmingly targeted Black and Latino people. Bratton is, according to City Councilmember Charles Barron, the “architect of Stop and Frisk,” and hiring him is akin to hiring an arsonist as a firefighter. 

Many of those murdered by the NYPD whose relatives were in attendance at this rally occurred during Bratton’s tenure in ‘94-96. HEY HEY, HO HO, BILL BRATTON HAS GOT TO GO!

Photos and report by Jay EsPhotography