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NYPD Chief Wants 450 More Cops So He Can Fight ISIS…What?

May 19, 2015 in Blogs

By Michael Arria, AlterNet

Bill Bratton says he'll try to assign more officers to stop terrorist organizations.

New York City police chief Bill Bratton says that he will increase the size of the police force quickly in order to combat terrorism from the Islamic State. On the John Catsimatidis radio show Bratton explained that there is an, “increased threat from ISIS using social media to recruit people not only to go to Syria to fight, but encouraging people … to attack police, to attack government officials, to basically brainwash them under their screwed-up ideology. That threat has expanded significantly in the now 16 months I’ve been police commissioner.”

Bratton continued, “We’re treating that threat so seriously, I’m going to put another 450 police officers – if we get the approval to increase the size of the police force – and I need to do it very very quickly – into our counterterrorism operations to increase the ability of our officers to protect critical sites around the city.” Bratton then blamed the threat on, “This crazy hijacking of the Muslim religion by these fanatics, twisting it into an ideology that’s all about hate and murder and killing.”

Bratton supplied no evidence that the threat of terrorism has expanded recently, nor did he mention the NYPD's infamous Muslim spying program which led to widespread criticism from civil liberties advocates and brought about two federal lawsuits. Last year he dropped that unit and many in the mainstream press perceived it as a move away from the post-9/11 intelligence-gathering practices of the Bloomberg era. The NYPD is already the largest police force in the country, with over 34,000 uniformed officers.

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