WASHINGTON — New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Sunday that tensions between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police department aren’t likely to dissipate anytime soon.
“I think it’s probably a rift that is going to go on for a while longer,” Bratton said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
“The issues go far beyond the race relations in this city. They involve labor contracts. They involve a lot of history in this city that’s really different from some of what’s going on in the country as a whole,” he continued. “There’s a whole series of local issues that are impacting on our ability to move forward.”
Bratton’s remarks come a day after hundreds of officers turned their backs on de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of Rafael Ramos, one of two New York City officers killed last week by a gunman who vowed revenge for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island in July.
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