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Bratton Asks New Yorkers to Stop Interfering with Arrests

July 29, 2014  | 

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said Monday that people captured on video appearing to interfere with arrests are making it harder to apprehend suspects and should stop meddling with police officers doing their jobs.

"There is no denying on the videos which have surfaced . . . what is seen is interference on the part of onlookers -- maybe relatives and friends, people in general -- who shouldn't be interfering," said Bratton. "That interference certainly exacerbates the situation, raising the officers' tension . . . that is of concern."

Bratton said officers must act constitutionally but people have an obligation to submit to an arrest without the interference of onlookers, as happened recently in some encounters caught on video, Newsday reports.

Bratton was reacting to videos posted on the Internet in recent days showing police officers in fights and tussles with suspects. In one case an onlooker is heard berating cops about their lack of probable cause to make a marijuana arrest while another person appears close to getting physically involved in the struggle the officers were having with the suspect.

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Bman @ 7/29/2014 4:01 PM

Start locking them up for obstructing and the problem will solve itself. Let these idiots post their video of them being to leave and then being arrested, the word will spread.

Steve Rothstein @ 7/29/2014 6:43 PM

This is a symptom of larger problems that the police have brought on themselves. Yes, people must not interfere with a lawful arrest, but the attitude of the first poster (Bman) is one example of the problems police have with their relations with the public. There have been way too many examples of improper arrests and cops using excessive force for the public to completely trust the police any more.

It is completely legal for citizens to film police performing their duties. When it happens and you don't want it to, try explaining politely to the photographer why not. Instead of demanding they stop, ask politely and remain professional. Just as with police asking to search, if you have nothing to hide, what does it hurt?

We, as police officers, need to get back into the concept of working with the citizens instead of seeing the world as us against them.

PilotJY @ 7/29/2014 8:59 PM


Not to burst the bubble of possibilities, however I have to disagree with you. People will continue to film, take pictures with Camera phones and whatever else they can get their hands on, just so they can scream and cry Police Brutality. Do I believe the phenomenon exists? Absolutely. Some of us tend to go beyond and overboard sometimes. However, the courts, specified in this link: have rules that this is legal. I believe that 38 out of 50 States abide by the rulings. Do us, as Law Enforcement, really like rulings or laws that are made to somewhat limit our jobs sometimes? Not really, but Laws are laws, and we enforce them, therefore we have to abide by them as well.

PilotJY @ 7/29/2014 9:05 PM


I tend to agree with your last statement. We need to gain the trust of the community in order for them to work with us, and us with them. Not us v. Them, but us and them. However, I have seen story after story after story about how we are becoming more Militaristic and rough with people. How can we minimize this outlook, or observation of the people, and not have them look at all Officers as such?

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/30/2014 11:59 AM

He should really appreciate the citizen input. This is helping not hurting NYPD. There is much needed modernization and improvement within NYPD including it's image. I was taught to always assume you are on audio/video everywhere and in doing that you should always do the right thing. Follow that course of action and you will never be wrong in your actions. The citizen input is very valuable and should be reviewed by the internal affairs bureau. This will serve to professionalize modern Law Enforcement not hinder it.

Concerned Citizen @ 7/30/2014 8:47 PM

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton is there was a Felony for Hypocrisy Comish Bratton should get it! The same city that's a Sanctuary City for Illegal Alien Criminals. Oh lets look the other way while Juan, Pablo and Jaime commit crimes! How about RID YOUR CITY OFF ILLEGALS FIRST! Than comment on Citizens? I agree some people filming try to act like Thugs and try to Start Riots no doubt! But what about the THUGS that wear badges and hide behind the Thin Blue Line? Thanks to the Feds harassing the Bundy's. The BLM was created to settle disputes between RANCHERS. Not to be used as an SS appendage of the Fed. Gov. Try Enforcing laws that are right and just and on the books already! There will always be Community Agitators looking to avoid laws at all costs. The Biggest one lives in DC in WH!

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