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New York Mayor Announces Police Retraining Program

December 04, 2014  | 

Photo: NYPD Facebook page
Photo: NYPD Facebook page

One day after a grand jury declined to indict a New York police officer in the death of Eric Garner, prompting angry protests and calls for reform from elected officials, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced the start of a significant retraining of the nation’s largest police force.

 “The way we go about policing has to change," de Blasio said.

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said the retraining would require some 22,000 officers to complete a three-day course.

The program, beginning this month, is modeled on the periodic required firearms retraining that all officers must regularly undergo. Mr. Bratton first announced the department-wide retraining effort in the wake of Mr. Garner’s death. He provided further details at a City Council hearing in September, including learning “de-escalation” techniques, the New York Times reports,

On Thursday, First Deputy Benjamin Tucker provided a broad outline of what officers would be taught in each of the three days. The program — which includes teaching on street tactics as well as presenting a “nonjudgmental” posture — was a kind of “refresher” from what officers learn at the Police Academy, Mr. Bratton said.

Comments (16)

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Richard Howard @ 12/4/2014 3:15 PM

Political Correctness is going to get a bunch of us killed. "A non judgemental posture" really? How about tactical awareness. ...

XXXXX @ 12/4/2014 3:43 PM

The NYPD should announce a Mayor retraining program. Maybe by him sending the officers out to protect his cigarette money, I mean tax, isn't the best idea and someone could get hurt. Maybe the mayor needs to learn that everything isn't about race and he should stop selling certain groups out to gain votes from another. Maybe the mayor should stop being a piece of the puzzle in a very ugly picture of America's future.

Jeanne @ 12/4/2014 3:51 PM

Why doesn't the Mayor tell the citizens to follow the orders police give them and not resist?!.....

Retired NY Bos @ 12/4/2014 3:58 PM

Let's start with his security detail.

db in AZ @ 12/4/2014 4:04 PM

How about retraining the teachers and professors spewing hatred and distrust towards law enforcement and our country. When I was growing up during the sixties as a teenager, I learned from others mistakes who didn't comply with police requests. Although it was only traffic infractions, if you gave the police a hard time, you were given the initial ticket with a few more added on. My older brother was extremely polite and cooperative towards police with a traffic infraction with his sportscar and was never given a ticket. The point here is that if you are innocent/intelligent, then you most likely will comply with police. If you are guilty/hardass from the get-go, you will "resist" " fight" all the way to the ground. The lack of respect/compliance towards authority lately is alarming. Parental authority is out the window and so are the political hacks that not only condone this behavior, but they also incite it by persecuting the police and second guessing the grand jurys' decisions.
Suit Up....It's going to be a rough road ahead.

TheRookie @ 12/4/2014 4:38 PM

Mayor De Blabio is decisive as a political hack comes. He's a fellow cop hater like his buddies "Bat Boy" Obumbler & "Card Carrying" A.G. Erica` von With-Holder @ Dept. of Un-Justice. He has no idea what being a street cop entails. The same goes for the hack POTUS & A.G. L.E.O's. generally follow what the law(s) dictate.
How about lowering cigarette prices, the tax on them, & rescinding the "Loosie" law(s). If a person wants to buy a single cigarette and/or smoke it should be their choice. What country do we live in? It's starting to appear like NAZI Germany. Hard days & times to be a L.E.O. During times like this I'm glad that I retired.

Jim bates @ 12/4/2014 6:49 PM

Let me get the straight....the "victim" is illegally selling cigarettes, resist arrest, (oh has a long list of criminal activity and convictions) has a heart attack on the way to the hospital and it's the police who are fault!! Give me a break!! If it was a white guy, nobody would be saying a word. And now all of a sudden every black criminal gets a free ride because he is black!! Bullshit!! The Mayor is a spineless jellyfish. Support the cops. They were right.

Tom Ret @ 12/4/2014 7:30 PM

The cops did not come up with this law but the mayor is ready to throw them under the bus and suggest that it was somehow racist when and if something unexpected goes wrong if it involves a black. I would like to see a demonstration by the mayor and critics like him take down a 350 pound suspect. The problem why politicians like this mayor make statements like this, is because they are political hacks and don't have any idea what it takes to be a cop or do the job. The mayor also must have missed the fact that a black female sergeant was present at the time Garner was arrested. Any time force is used to effect an arrest, injury and/or death can result especially if the subject involved has some medical problems. As usual, those who don't have to do the actual fighting and arresting place all the blame on the cops for not using the right force but place no blame on the resisting suspect. This guy had been arrested previously so he knew the drill and his medical condition.

Sgtmac @ 12/4/2014 7:41 PM

Typical political hack......give the job of enforcing his cigarette tax to the police........then blame the police when it becomes unpopular to enforce the cigarette tax.

Tom Ret @ 12/4/2014 7:55 PM

No doubt most of the public don't know what the "choke hold" actually is. What it is not, is a head lock or pulling a subject down by the neck or restricting air flow. It is cutting off the blood to the brain to induce the subject to pass out. I personally never had anyone say anything who had a sleeper hold applied much less I can't breath. The politicians want an absolute guarantee that no suspect will ever die or be hurt as a result of a physical arrest which is impossible.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/4/2014 8:09 PM

To solve the problem these black morons need to be reeducated maybe send them back to grade school. They need to know the difference between right and wrong. I guess the mayor wants the police officers to be head doctors.

kevCopAz @ 12/4/2014 9:24 PM

Yes typical Left Lib progressive. Tax the shit out of something making a black market for it, then make it illegal and when Cops in force the law that the libs thought of, passed and demanded,,,,its all PD's fault no matter what happens!. Perhaps Mayor De-blowhole should look back on the 1968 Chicago Dem Convention led by Chicago Mayor Daily (sr) and see how that Mayor backed up "my Police" when there were shootings, riots and law breakers running amuck! You can say what you may about Daley Sr but he had big brass ones and backed the Cops to the hilt when they were doing what they were told to do….enforce the law. Im soooo happy for all you New Yorkers who voted this shit head into office, ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES! Live with YOUR choice NYC, aint never getting better.

Nolan @ 12/5/2014 12:08 AM

I am going to say this because I don't want any mistakes about where I am coming from. I started in L.E. in 1982. I have used many holds, strikes, tactics ect. over the years. If the guy can talk, and say I can't breath. Then the guy can't breath. I saw that someone said that if they had clamped a "sleeper" on the guy he couldn't say anything. Maybe, or maybe not. It is not always that simple. And yeah, I have put many to "sleep" That is why I am so certain that my statement is correct. People die during altercations with cops. It's just a fact. People do influence how a situation goes down. But to die because of selling a cigarette. In all honesty, ask yourself. Are we to where such a simple non issue as this, is going to result in this type of situation? Write the guy a damn citation for selling single cigs and then walk away. And if that is not allowed in New York City then it is time for some serious change. If a man has to be taken to jail for selling a cig? It's TIME for change.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/6/2014 4:13 AM

In basic training, I was taught to never ever use a choke hold on anybody. Even back in the old days choke or sleeper holds were very dangerous and often resulted in the death of a suspect. It is tremendously easy to instigate a blood clot to the brain or cause brain damage due to oxygen deprivation and even in the old days it was a forbidden tool. In my state, the use of a choke hold was forbidden in all circumstances. I think choking anybody is an unnecessary tool that can easily be replaced with using a stun gun, CS spray or a PR24. Everything has risks but the choke hold is an unnecessary risk since it is so frequently fatal. NYPD is the largest user of the choke hold and re-training them is a good idea but it will prove very difficult for Officers to break that habit especially since they have used it for so long. Also I was also told to never raise my hand above the suspect's head when using non-lethal force because it looks really bad on TV and it really does. There are better ways and much more options at this time. Back in the day our options for less than lethal force were very limited but we rarely killed anybody.

Tyson @ 12/6/2014 9:08 AM

Is is clearly visible in the video, what that Officer did was Wrong!!!! I would charge that officer with Involuntary Manslaughter,

Capt. Crunch @ 12/6/2014 6:22 PM

@ Nolan, you and I do not have the right to pick what law we want to obey or what law we want to disobey. I saw the video I bet you dollars to donuts Garner, would not sign a citation anyway.

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