Bill Bratton: Hiring Black Officers Hard Since Many Have Records


bill brattonNew York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said that he would like to hire more black police officers, but that it’s difficult because so many black men have criminal records.

“We have a significant population gap among African-American males because so many of them have spent time in jail and, as such, we can’t hire them,” Bratton told the Guardian in an interview.

Following recent controversies over alleged police brutality by white police officers toward black citizens, police departments are working toward hiring more nonwhite police officers.

However, Bratton said that budget issues, tense relations with minority groups, as well as a historically discriminating policing tactics make that goal difficult.

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